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3 Reasons Why Ronda Rousey Should Pass Johny Hendricks in UFC P4P

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The 8th ranked UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks (16-2) deserves to be jumped by the 9th ranked UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey (10-0). Rousey has proven that she’s an innovator, a marketable champion and she’s more dominant on every level. Here are 3 reasons why Ronda Rousey should be ranked higher than Johnny Hendricks in the UFC P4P rankings.

1. She’s a pioneer in her division, not a fill-in.

(GSP celebrates a decision victory over challenger Johny Hendricks-Ester Lin/MMA Fighting)
(GSP celebrates a decision victory over challenger Johny Hendricks, photo: Ester Lin/MMA Fighting)

Yes, maybe Hendricks should’ve won his initial bout with former UFC Welterweight Kingpin George “Rush” St. Pierre. However, he didn’t. Johny merely inherited the title after GSP retired the belt and there is still speculation on his return. Hendricks has had one defense of the strap and narrowly escaped the contest with a victory over Robbie Lawler at UFC 171.

Before his title opportunity, Hendricks had defeated only one UFC competitor currently ranked in the top 15 on his quest for a title shot.

The case wasn’t the same for Ronda Rousey. Ronda inherited the belt after soundly defeating the current number 2 ranked Miesha Tate in her last bout under the Srikeforce banner. She then went on to defeat the 7th, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th ranked competitors in her division with only one contest reaching the 3rd round.

She’s the only powerhouse in her division and has ruled it with an iron fist, unlike Johny who has just taken over where GSP left off.

2. She sells her fights, not her opponents.

(Meisha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey Strikeforce press conference, photo: Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
(Meisha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey Strikeforce press conference, photo: Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

While Johny may be the champion, he does not have the dominance to implement his stifling hand power and wrestling when he faces high-level competition. Rousey does what she wants and takes what she wants at anytime much like the honey badger.

She sells her fights because she knows she will perform and more than likely end a fight. With 10 stoppages in 10 fights to her credit, why should she think she would even see the final bell?

In Johny’s last 4 fights it was all about the other guy, “Will Martin Kampmann finally perform to his full potential?”, “Will Carlos Condit Get His Rematch with GSP?”, “Who Will GSP Face After Hendricks?”, then”Will Robbie Lawler Finally Taste UFC Gold?”

Even going into the rematch with Lawler, it’s not about whether Johny will retain or lose his title, it’s “Will Lawler win and establish himself as the top in the division?” In Rousey’s division, every story-line begins and ends with her.

3. No one has come close to stopping Ronda Rousey.

(Ronda Rousey lands a left low kick on Sara McMann,  photo: Isaac Brekken/AP)
(Ronda Rousey lands a left low kick on Sara McMann, photo: Isaac Brekken/AP)

Right off the bat,  Johny has 2 losses. One to a Rick Story, who just recently made it into the top 15 of the UFC at number 12, and the obvious loss to GSP for the UFC Welterweight Title. Other than that, Hendricks has had 6 fights in the UFC go to decision. His last two wins were razor close and he’s had 3 majority or split decisions.

Ronda on the other hand, as mentioned previously, has 10 stoppages in 10 consecutive wins (9 of which have come in the 1st round). Her average fight time in averages just over 2 minutes, not even half a round.

In all reality, there’s no competition. Rousey is more dominant in every aspect. It’s time to give her the jump.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.
  • 204Jets

    Hendricks did not “inherit” the belt from GSP. They did not claim Johnny Hendricks as champion when GSP vacated the belt, him and Robbie Lawler fought for the belt. Johnny hasn’t made a single defence yet.

  • John Floyd

    While an admirer of Rousey’s talents, I would find it hard to accept her in a top 10 MMA P4P ranking. Certainly #1 iP4P n WMMA and if they had a category for most dominant MMA fighter, #1 there as well. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are 10 male MMA fighters at 135 or below that could defeat her.