Ronda Rousey, the 25-year-old Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champ, upped the ante in the trash-talk department by ripping into her upcoming opponent in true Chael Sonnen-esque fashion at the “Strikeforce: Rousey vs Kaufman” pre-fight presser on Aug. 16.
Rousey said Kaufman should be thanking her lucky stars that MMA fights in California are properly regulated by a state athletic commission, otherwise she would be in some serious trouble.
“If I get her in a choke, I’m going to hold it until she’s actually dead,” Rousey said of her gameplan for defeating Kaufman. “If I get her in a knockout, I’m not going to walk away from it. I’m going to try to actually pound her face into the ground, and she’s depending on the confidence of the California Athletic Commission to be able to walk out of that cage alive.”
Over-the-top comments like that helped Rousey get into Miesha Tate’s head when she last set foot in the cage, but Kaufman wasn’t biting. The Canadian striker took Rousey’s comments in stride, cracking jokes like “She’s going to try to kill me – which is kind of mean.”
24 hours later, Kaufman and Rousey were shaking hands at the pre-fight weigh-ins, leading many to believe that the outrageous comments spewed at the presser were nothing more than a cheap push to create a buzz for the match.
Rousey and Kaufman will square off on Aug. 18 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA.