Ronda Rousey continues to field questions about whether she could defeat male fighters, but the UFC bantamweight champ has made it abundantly clear she’s not remotely interested in fighting a man.
For some time now, lots of folks have had discussions and debates as to how Rousey would fair against a male 135’er. Then, after UFC commentator Joe Rogan contended that Rousey could possibly defeat half of the UFC’s bantamweights, the debate really took off. Especially since Rousey cruised through Cat Zingano in 14 seconds at UFC 184.
Well, although Rousey argued in a follow up interview that she could defeat “100%” of the UFC’s 135’ers, now she’s checked all this craziness about women fighting men. Rousey recently appeared on The Doug Gottlieb show, and according to a report from MMA Fighting.com, she relayed the following:
“It’s not a reality,” Rousey said. “They’re not gonna do anything like that. Fights are chaotic. Anything can happen. And there’s no setting in which we should condone a man hitting a woman.”
“I really just don’t think that any athletic commission on Earth would ever condone something like that,” Rousey said. “Fights are going to go both ways. You’re going to see both people hitting each other. I don’t think we should celebrate a man hitting a woman in any kind of setting.”
One can understand why these theoretical discussions have been sparked, as Rousey is a world class fighter and possibly the most dominant champ in all of MMA. But, clearly the 28 year-old star has hit the mark here with her comments. It’s time to move on and resume debates as to which female bantamweight Rousey could or should fight next, and how that bout will go down.
Rousey is reportedly set to act in another film, and as a result, she could be out of action for several months. In the interim, perhaps the UFC will come to a deal with Cris “Cyborg”? Or perhaps the UFC will book Jessica Eye vs. Bethe Correia in a title shot eliminator?