Ronda Rousey: Has the Strikeforce Champion Been Overhyped?

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2012

Without a doubt Ronda Rousey is the face of women's MMA at this day and age. She has inherited that honor from Gina Carano, who these days finds herself involved more in Hollywood than in the cage.

Since winning the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship, Rousey has garnered all sorts of hype from fans, fighters and media alike. Her 5-0 record with five first-round armbars definitely proves that she is talented and dangerous.

Adding to her hype are her promotional abilities, stunning looks and acid tongue. She has been able to attract all sorts of media attention, from TMZ to ESPN.

But, has Rousey been overhyped to this point?

One could argue that she has been, considering that she has only five wins. The only fight which carries any weight on her record is the one with Miesha Tate. 

Of course that is all arguable.

Also, some fans will argue that what is barring Rousey from being what she is hyped to be is a fight with Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Santos, who is currently serving a suspension for doping, was considered the top dog in the WMMA world.

Santos possesses a game that could rival that of Rousey. Her standup is lethal, and her grappling is game as well.

Until then, Rousey will be the top dog—that is, if she is able to defeat Sarah Kaufman tonight.

Getting to Rousey's being overhyped, I really do not believe she is. Women's MMA, being as shallow in talent as it is, does not have many stars.

Rousey is the star of WMMA, and for good reason. She talks the talk and walks the walk.

Therefore, she has not been overhyped.