Through her short time competing as a professional mixed martial artist, Rowdy Ronda Rousey has inspired some serious confidence in her skills. As much is evidenced by the betting lines coming out ahead of her title fight against Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the 25-year-old picked up a Bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympic games, becoming the first American woman ever to do so.
Rousey has opened as almost a 4-to-1 favorite over the champion, who’s considered to be about a -250 dog.
Tate (12-2) won the belt her last time out by defeating former champion Marloes Coenen via fourth round submission at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson this past July. The 25-year-old is currently riding a six-fight winning streak, which includes wins over Zoila Gurgel, Hitomi Akano and, of course, Coenen.
Rousey (4-0) burst onto the MMA scene this year, winning all four of her professional bouts via first round armbar.
Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey goes down this Saturday from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.