It's been a surreal 18 months for Ronda Rousey (5-0).
Since Rousey turned professional in March 2011, she has gone undefeated and in her last fight won the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
"I'm not surprised," said Rousey. "I was trying so hard in the beginning that every single time after a fight I wanted another one. I felt like how I had to get it done so quickly, that I'm surprised more things haven't gone wrong. I think things are going better than planned."
Before joining MMA, Rousey won the bronze medal in women's judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
"After the last Olympics I knew I didn't want to do judo anymore, but I didn't know what else to do with myself," said Rousey. "I wasn't meant for a desk."
Rousey trains with Nick and Nate Diaz, who she feels have helped with her transition into MMA.
"They're brilliant and very loyal," said Rousey. "You don't see them trading fighters there. They have people there for extended periods of time and when I look for the quality of a camp, I look at how long the tenure of all the fighters who are over there."
Rousey's next championship fight is against Sarah Kaufman (15-1) on August 18.
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