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An outmatched Gina Carano had the Muay Thai dexterity and grit to at least offer Cyborg a battle. Rousey, on the contrary, poses threats in the grappling department that Cyborg may not be equipped to deal with.
While Cyborg has looked machine-like in her ability to win stand-up wars, Rousey has only allowed her last five opponents to land a combined 38 strikes—22 of which came against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157.
Rousey tends to close the distance feverishly, clinch up with her opponents and then employ her judo game to score takedowns.
A brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who's displayed underrated grappling chops, Cyborg would need to stop Rousey's takedown attempts early and often to stay out of the danger zone with the Olympic judoka.
Conversely, if Rousey failed to floor Cyborg in the fight's opening minutes, then the 26-year-old champ would have to enact superb footwork and head movement to avoid getting dropped. Finding herself underneath the ferocious Brazilian could prove unhealthy for Rowdy.
With that said, Rousey obviously knows how to finish off her back. Against Cyborg, however, Rowdy would definitely rather nail a takedown, advance position on top and then fish for a submission.
Regardless of how they'd approach this fight strategically, the stark difference in their styles makes Rousey vs. Cyborg a dream matchup for diehard MMA enthusiasts.
The thought of Rousey attempting to survive Cyborg's relentless attacks, and vice versa, seems downright alluring.