by Mike Bohn | source: USAToday.com
Rousey has worked diligently to raise her comfort level on her feet ahead of Saturday’s UFC 170 pay-per-view headliner vs. Sara McMann in Las Vegas. That work has paid off after a brief period of stand-up training, Rousey says, and she thinks her skills have surpassed those of her peers.
“My MMA striking is the best in the game,” said Rousey.
“With judo I spent so many years with a certain posture that the hardest thing was adjusting it.”
“I’ve reached a certain level of competition where what’s required out of striking to come into the clinch to grapple is a lot more complicated than at the lower levels. It requires much more high-level footwork and striking to be able to use grappling at all.”
No woman in the UFC has yet to score a knockdown due to a standing strike, but Rousey said all it needs is time.
“It’s a younger side of the sport that’s still developing,” said Rousey. “It’s going to need a little more time before we can reach the same standard the guys are at because they had a big head start.”