FROM the reaction of fans at Federation Square this week you wonder how Ronda 'Rowdy' Rousey managed to get around Melbourne without being noticed for 10 days prior.
Mixed Martial Arts may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the 28-year-old is now one of the world's most recognisable sports stars and dubbed 'The Baddest Woman on the Planet'.
The Californian, who has also appeared in movies Furious 7, The Expendables 3 and Entourage, is Down Under for tomorrow's UFC 193 and to defend her bantamweight championship against fellow-American Holly Holm.
ROUSEY has admitted she's dressed up like Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction before, donning a black wig, but not this time. Her trips out of her hotel room in Melbourne with her entourage were short and sharp.
Fans, however, made it loud and clear on Thursday their hero was in the country, constantly screaming her name as she trained with coach Edmond Tarverdyan in the city centre.
"I'm going to show my appreciation by winning in the most fantastic way possible and making them so happy they were there to see it," she said.
ROUSEY landed in Melbourne in time to witness jockey Michelle Payne join her as a pin-up for girl power when she won the Melbourne Cup aboard Prince of Penzance.
The two came face to face yesterday, along with UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
"She really set the tone. Right when we landed she went and made history for women in Melbourne," Rousey said. "It was such a pleasure and a honour to meet her today and she said she's coming to the fight so I'm really, really excited ... next time I'll have to come and watch her."
ROUSEY may have enjoyed an extended stay in Melbourne, but she could be in for a short time in the ring at Etihad Stadium.
Rousey is 12-0, and finished all but one of her fights in the first round, eight of them in the first minute. She has so far defended her belt six times and her three previous defences lasted only 34, 16 and 14 seconds, respectively.
But, don't discount Holm, 34, from taking it up to Rousey - she is a 19-time boxing champion, who is 9-0 in MMA.
A WEEK after Payne rode to victory in an historic Melbourne Cup, there was another what many may have considered a fairytale result in Melbourne - Anthony Mundine getting knocked on his behind by American Charles Hatley.
The only thing sweeter might have been the belting being delivered by a woman.
Have you heard Ronda Rousey is in town?
BRITISH artist Frank Shepherd, of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society, this week put the finishing touches to a giant effigy of suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Edenbridge, Kent, in southeast England, before it was burnt at this year's Bonfire Night celebrations.
The Edenbridge Bonfire Society has been making fun of public figures for 20 years by building and exploding a second 'celebrity Guy' effigy alongside their traditional figure of Guy Fawkes as part of the Bonfire Night celebrations in the town.
CREATING A BUZZ
ON THE whole, PGA golfer Roberto Castro had a pretty good day in the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship after a five-under-67 took him to a four-shot lead.
But things almost got nasty on the fifth when, getting set to putt for the lead, a bee flew into his shirt and stung him. He missed the putt but managed to recover enough to put together a good round.
"It just kind of got up under my shirt ... and it just got me. It still stings now … That's why I stay in the city. I'm not good in nature."
TALLENT QUEST FOR GOLD
TALK about a silver lining. Out of the messy Russian doping scandal that has gripped the sporting world, with threats the country will banned from competing in Rio next year, Australia might get an Olympic gold medallist in walker Jared Tallent.
While the 100m tends to attract the jocks of the track and field world, the 50km walk could be considered, well ... kind of the opposite.
But great to see Tallent on the front foot when it comes to the man who beat him for the Olympic crown in London 2012, the previously suspended Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing to determine whether he would be awarded the gold medal from London will be held on December 2 and 3 in Switzerland.
"It's finally going to be resolved and I'll be looking forward to getting the gold medal," Tallent said.
HITS & MISSES
HIT: NOVAK Djokovic looked like he was on the set of Dr Who after defeating great rival Andy Murray for the Paris Masters title on Monday. In fact, we're sure he could buy the Tardis now after accumulating a record US$16,760,145 in prizemoney this year.
That's considerably more than Bjorn Borg won throughout his entire career (US$3,655,751). Both have 10 major titles, the Serbian winning three more this year.
Djokovic now has a grand total of US$89,164,053, and, set to receive the ATP World Tour No. 1 award for the second straight year and fourth time overall; he has been ranked top for 172 weeks. He still has some work to do to catch Federer's US$95,245,556 in prizemoney and 302 weeks as No.1.
MISS: BERNARD Tomic may have risen in the rankings but not in the popularity stakes. It was a case of three strikes you are out for "our" Bernie, who was this week overlooked for ATP Tour's Most Improved Player of the Year award, Tennis Australia's Newcombe Medal and Tennis Queensland's Ashley Cooper Medal.
He jumped from No.52 at the start of the year to No.18, but was beaten to the ATP award voted on by fellow players, by South Korean Hyeon Chung, who moved from 173 to 54.
Neither Tomic nor fellow Aussie 'bad boy' Nick Kyrgios, who is ranked No.30 in the world, are among the six nominees for the Newcombe Medal. It is, after all, handed to not only Australia's most outstanding elite tennis player but also its best ambassador for the sport.
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