Few mixed martial artists are known for having a go-to maneuver, and Ronda Rousey is quickly become one of them. ‘Rowdy’ has an 8-0 MMA record dating back to 2011, with each victory coming by armbar. No opponent knows her agile maneuver more than Miesha Tate; first submitting in a Strikeforce Women’s Championship match and then again last weekend at UFC 168.
While Rousey trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy, and Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club, she learned the signature move under former Judo world champion Jimmy Pedro and U.S. Olympian Travis Stevens. Since, Rousey has had a falling out with Stevens and Pedro.
Last week, Stevens released a video demonstration how to escape Rousey’s armbar. Coincidentally, the step-by-step guide comes less than a week after Rousey retained her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
The most interesting part about the video isn’t its instruction, but rather that it was uploaded in the first place. Stevens and Pedro exposed Rousey’s weakness in delivering the armbar and may have given her next opponent, Sara McMann, studying material.
Rousey burned many bridges when she left Judo in 2010. UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon give a little more insight into Stevens’ decision to post the video. “I know Travis very well. He is not one to mince words and is no fan of Ronda. They lived together at the judo house at Jimmy Pedro’s and I don’t think Ronda left on the best of terms,” Lauzon wrote.
Is it fair to reveal a way out of Rousey’s armbar? Watch the video and decide for yourself.