MMA fighter Ronda Rousey knocked out Bethe Correia in the first 34 seconds of UFC 190 in Brazil on Saturday, achieving her 11th first-round win in 12 fights.
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Where does Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan fit into the story? In anticipation of the Bills’ first day of padded practice, Ryan attended a viewing party to watch Rousey vs. Correia.
Speaking on the fight, per Ryan McKinnell of Yahoo Sports, Ryan said of Rousey:
“Ronda Rousey might be the baddest person on the planet. The problem was, though, a bunch of us wanted to go watch the fight and thought the fight was going to be at 10 o’clock. The fight doesn’t happen until like 1:30 [a.m.], and then 30 seconds later, it was over at 1:30:30.”
Ryan certainly was right about the length of the bout. If you blinked too long, you might have missed Rousey clocking Correia and sending her to the ground.
The Bills coach also compared Rousey to a legendary fighter:
“She’s pretty impressive. She reminds me of Mike Tyson when Mike would enter the ring and you knew you were gonna get crushed.”
While we can appreciate Ryan’s admiration of Rousey, he can relate to being on the other side of her punches. In 2014, Ryan and the New York Jets finished dead last in the AFC East, 4-12. For that he was fired.
Now in Buffalo, Ryan faces an uphill battle as he tries to lead the Bills—who haven’t made it to a playoff since 1999—to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory.
Perhaps Ryan and the Bills can channel their inner Rousey this season, kick some butt and take names later.
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