Coach says Rousey belongs in top 3 of P4P lists


Posted at Jul 15 2014 05:26 PM | Updated as of Jul 16 2014 01:26 AM

The coach of UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey believes his fighter belongs in the top three of MMA pound-for-pounds lists, especially after her 16-second demolition of Alexis Davis.

Rousey is currently No. 9 in the UFC's official pound-for-pound lists, but her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, believes she should be ranked even higher.

"Top three, for sure. Top three, yes," Tarverdyan said, as quoted by MMA Fighting. "Ronda finishes every fight, she's amazing."

The unbeaten Rousey has only fought past the first round once in her career, and in her most recent fight, she blasted challenger Davis in just 16 seconds to retain her championship.

"With 16 seconds, she showed everything. Good punch, good knee, good takedown, good ground and pound," Tarverdyan said. "This girl did everything in 16 seconds, so she is in the top three."

It was her second straight knockout victory after winning her previous eight bouts by submission. She defeated Sara McMann by technical knockout in February.

Tarverdyan also pointed out that while Rousey is a "great grappler," she has improved her striking skills as well to the point where she is registering knockouts through body punches.

"Ronda's first knockout she gets is from the body. That's amazing. That's amazing because she was dropping people in the gym with the body shots. She did it," said Tarverdyan, stressing that it was very difficult to develop body punching in fighters.

Rousey actually entered the UFC pound-for-pound list at No. 10, but has since climbed one spot, overtaking welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

She is the undisputed No. 1 female fighter in most MMA lists.