Could Kayla Harrison be the next Rousey?

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  1. Damon3388

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    Following on from the Teddy Riner thread (complete bullshit about his reported earnings and net worth aside), I was wondering if 25-year-old American judoka Kayla Harrison could make a Ronda-like splash in MMA?

    She's an Olympic Gold Medalist (2012), a World Championship Gold Medalist (2010) and two-time Bronze Medalist (2012, 2014), and a two-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist (2011, 2015) in the women's 79kg weight class. She was Ronda's training partner during the 2008 Olympics, and they apparently remain friends. She's achieved more in judo than Rousey, albeit at a higher weight class (where there may be less competition, I don't know).

    Reportedly she's considered making the jump to MMA, possibly after the 2016 Olympic Games. Given her size and weight (5'8", 165lbs/75kg), maybe she could be the one to really kick-start the women's 145lb "revolution", and be the one to rival 'Cyborg' in her own weight class.

    What do people think? Could she successfully make the transition, and become an actual legitimate star (not just a can crusher)? Would it even be worth it? Discuss.
     
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    I don't know if she'd do well with a cut to 145. I believe she had issues previously in her judo career trying to cut to a lower weight class, and I don't know if that resulted in any lasting issues.
     
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    There's no next Rousey
     
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    Didn't Rousey start at Super Heavy Weight?
     
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    I like the idea, but it'd first depend on how she handles on being hit/striking, then on whether she can put it all together very well. Ronda's teammate Marina Shafir was touted to be the one to beat Justino, and, although she wasn't an Olympic medalist, she's still a good judoka and has good hands, but even she's hit a rough patch.

    I'm all for it, though.
     
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    Rousey competed at and won medals in Judo at both 63kg (until 2007) and 70kg. Harrison has competed and won medals at 70kg, but she's primarily competed in the 78kg (171.96lbs) weight class. Harrison is only an inch taller than Ronda, but does look noticeably thicker and has always been heavier, so cutting to 145lbs may be a task in itself.

    Still, the chance to be a trailblazer and basically own your own weight class is a pretty unique and exciting opportunity. Given the hate and discounting of her acheivements that Ronda cops, though, being the queen of an even shallower talent pool may not earn the "respect" you'd expect for a martial artist.
     
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    Cuauhtemoc Pragmatic Technocratic Authoritarian

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    It isn't just about being good at Judo, that is great and all but it's about the style she uses in Judo. Ronda is very good at the jujigatame, the armbar. If that judoka is good only at a few specific throws which rely heavily on the gi she may not do as well.

    Sure the athleticism, the balance and the overall judo knowledge will help but not as much as having the best armbar in the division.

    OTOH, 145 is weaker.
     
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    Does she have the motivation and drive for MMA as Rousey obviously had? Coming from whatever combat sport is no guarantee for anything, she must convert to a new sport that include striking and no-gi, but judo at her level is a very good foundation though.
     
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    Scrolled right the the end and was dissapointed that there was no sexy pic. Please remember to post one when talking about these chick fighters, it's the most important part.
     
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    They should have a women's open weight grand prix. Would be cool
     
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    Sorry, but we'll need pics first.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Only if she can make 135. Starting a whole other women's weight class isn't realistic given how shallow the talent already is and that a lot of fans aren't really interested in women's MMA.

    By the way, Is she hot? Otherwise she will never be popular like Rousey.
     
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    They are somewat different Judokas

    Kayla Harrison is an Olympic gold medalist. Kayla Harrison is very good at judo. Kayla Harrison did not compete under the same rules that Ronda Rousey fought under. So, if you take a judo player now and put them in MMA, they don't have the same defense skills for the double legs, single leg takedowns, firemen's carries, that those had during my particular era.

    -Dr. Rhadi Ferguson's


    Could she wreck 145 probably yes with her athleticism, but in terms of newasa i dont think she compares to Ronda and it would probably take her 3 or 4 years to evolve her MMA skills. It would be sweet to watch another judoka wreck stuff at 145.

    Imagine Kayla, Marloes, Budd and Talita Noguera that Bellator FW would be interesting
     
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    Looks promising , hope she takes it all the way
     
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    It depends on how dedicated, and determined she is to successfully transition, but also what gym/camp she ends up with. Ronda is clearly unique because here we have Marina Shafir, who is less decorated than Ronda, but also kinda sucks at this MMA thing, and they train at the same gym.

    I would love to see more top female athletes transitioning to MMA, but it will only work if they are really about this life.
     
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    I wish I had arms like hers. She puts Charles Atlas to shame.
     
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    Kayla is an awesome girl and would be a wonderful addition to the sport. I was able to catch her attention on Twitter a few years ago (pre-gold medal) and asked her about an MMA future. She gave a fairly coy response that I took to mean she'll probably make the jump if it seems like there's a clear road for her. She's not the fuck-u-I'll-do-it-my-way type personality that Ronda is but if WMMA is in a stable, healthy place with a division for her I think she'll do it.
     

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