Time is ticking and hours turn into days as the much-awaited UFC 157 draws near. The battle between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche is one of the hardest hitting matches that audiences will witness in UFC. This is also a historic first being UFC’s first every women’s battle in the promotion. UFC 157 will be on February 23, 2012 in Anaheim, California.
Ronda Rousey however does not just have millions of fans cheering her on; she also has a wise veteran fighter by the name of “Judo” Gene LeBell also known as the “Toughest Man in the World.” But to Rousey, he will be forever known as Uncle Gene.
When interviewed by Fighter.com, LeBell was eager to provide tidbits of his favorite fighter to the press: “I’ve known Ronda long before she knew who I was.” LeBell is 80-years old; he also knows Rousey’s mother who was also a great judo practitioner. Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, Rousey’s mom became the first American to win the World Judo Championship in 1984.
LeBell was also behind the success of popular fighters like Chuck Norris, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Bob Wall. He remembered the day when Rousey decided she wanted to use “Rowdy” as a nickname and it was LeBell who called Piper which basically launched Rousey’s MMA career.
Unknown to most people, LeBell and Rousey have been working together for years at Gokar Chivichyan’s Hayastan MMA Academy located in North Hollywood. The veteran further relates that “Ronda beats a good percentage of men which are bigger than her and good ones too. She doesn’t foot around. There is no sitting down and signing autographs. It’s all business to her.”
To date, Rousey has won all her six professional fights through her favorite technique, by arm bar submission. LeBell makes a bet that Rousey will again use these techniques as she fights Carmouche. LeBell also jokes that it would be better to coach Rousey during this fight since you only need to shout “Break her arm!”
LeBell however does not underestimate Carmouche; she is a very strong opponent. She is a fighter with a heart that would not stop. He further mentions the secret to Rousey’s wins is that she was in her proper mindset. “Nothing bothers her. She’s got ice water running in her veins. She does not give a damn about pressure. She’s a sadistic wench.”