Flat on your back is not an ideal position in combat sports. Boxers blankly stare at the lights, trying to comprehend how they got there. Wrestlers’ shoulders are that much closer to getting pinned. And judo players have probably just been hurled over an opponent’s hip.
But in Ronda Rousey’s relatively new world of women’s mixed martial arts, it can be an advantage. And when the former world-class judo player clutches her opponent’s wrist to her chest, laces her legs around that arm and across her victim’s chest and wrenches with all her might, the outcome is inevitable.
Hips arched and staring above, all that’s left for Rousey is the waiting. As she forces that elbow to bend in an excruciatingly unnatural way, she’s wonders.