Believe it or not, Steve Martinez couldn’t wait to get to work on Monday.
The Los Angeles-based senior researcher wanted to put Ronda Rousey’s most recent victory in perspective for ESPN’s Stats & Information Group (SIG).
“When I was watching the fight from home — and after I finished my post-knockout screaming and Tweeting my excitement — I thought about Rousey’s dominance and how it could be put into context,” Martinez explained. “I was off on Sunday, but couldn’t wait to start working on this idea.”
Here’s how he began his research document:
The Sports World on Rousey’s Time: 130 Seconds
Ronda Rousey’s last four fights have lasted a GRAND TOTAL of 130 seconds, or just over two minutes…In honor of this dominance, let’s take a look at some other events that you can last 130 seconds…
“I presented the idea to my bosses in the Monday morning content meeting, and they encouraged me to run with it,” Martinez said. “I just started brainstorming the most creative angles I could think of, and wanted to cover as many different sports as possible. The home run trot was the first angle I came up with, simply because I thought it would be funny. My favorite of all (besides the American Pharoah comparison) was when I timed her entrance on Saturday and it was longer than her last four fights! Once I found that, I knew I had something.”
Rousey has a sense of humor about making the most of her time.
Earlier this year, Rousey dispatched Cat Zingano in a mere 14 seconds. She visited ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters and participated in a series of 14-second challenges. Her exploits were later featured on SportsCenter.