“I think it would be great for [Ronda Rousey] to come here. We have a great energy here. Not just because I’m training here, but Master Rafael Cordeiro has over 28 years of experience in MMA. It would be great for Ronda. For sure, we’re going to have a great camp for her here. Great training partners. Great coaches. Master Cordeiro is going to have a great fight gameplan for her. If she comes, she’ll have everything she needs to get her belt back… She’s an elite athlete. She’s one of the best. I think she’s the best in the division. She just had a bad day, but Holly Holm, she did great. She did a perfect strategy. She shut all the doors for Ronda. She avoided the takedown. She beat her standing. But I think if Ronda does a longer fight camp, I think it would make a difference. Everyone saw that she got tired in the first round. I don’t think training six weeks for a five-round championship fight is going to work.”
-UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos talks to MMAFighting.com about Ronda Rousey, and why she’d be welcome to come join his team at Kings MMA.
Penick’s Analysis: Rousey really has to consider making a change. There was already tension with the way her mom ripped into Edmond Tarverdyan ahead of UFC 193, and with how much Tarverdyan failed her in the fight in Australia, something different could help her considerably. Kings MMA has a solid team together, and getting some different work in, different techniques, different training partners, etc., it could all be helpful. Will she make that change? Too early to say right now, but it could be beneficial.
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