Rousey weighed down by reluctance in gym
It was more than just a tactical error that led to the demise of UFC champ
Ronda Rousey, according to a Queensland sports scientist who
specialises in mixed martial arts (MMA).
University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences PhD
James is nearing the completion of an international
study on MMA fighters.
"I could certainly relate my findings thus far to what happened
in the Ronda Rousey-Holly
Holm title fight," Mr James said.
"Rousey publicly professes to not doing - or not needing to do -
"But in distinguishing the higher level fighters from the rest,
we can say that maximal strength, power and velocity are qualities
that stand out.
"Holly Holm displayed superior expressions of these during her
win and carries those physical attributes in general."
In January 2015 Rousey told magazine
Fighters Only that she focused on specific activities
such as wrestling, boxing, sand running, grappling, judo and
swimming - and shunned weights completely.
"To be honest, I've never enjoyed weightlifting because there's
no problem-solving," Rousey was quoted as saying.
Immediately after losing her belt to Holm, Rousey was criticised
for her tactic of following a known striker, rather than sticking
to her forte of close-quarters grappling.
Holm entered the contest with an undefeated MMA record (9-0) and
a background as a world champion boxer across three different
By contrast, Rousey went into the fight with a 12-0 MMA record,
a previous Olympian in judo and named
ESPN's Best Female Athlete Ever.
However her build-up was said to be disrupted and marked by
displays of cockiness.
"In a weight-class sport like MMA it is important that the mass
of an athlete contributes to function," Mr James said.
"Accordingly, we've seen that the skeletal muscle functions of
maximal strength and power, relative to body mass, are the defining
qualities of high-level competitors.
"It is clear that these are attributes Holm possesses."
Mr James has so far
tested MMA athletes from across the USA, Canada and Australia
and will do so for another seven weeks before compiling his
Those wishing to join the study can contact Mr James on 0424 411
682 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Media: Lachlan James, email@example.com
, +61 0424 411
682; UQ Communications Robert
, +617 3346 3035, +61 0448 410 364.