Buffer reinforces idea that Rousey could beat half the men at 135: She could be ‘Top 20’

It wasn't that long ago the Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather was the "soup du jour" of UFC talking points, when it came to…

By: Zane Simon | 8 years ago
Buffer reinforces idea that Rousey could beat half the men at 135: She could be ‘Top 20’
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It wasn’t that long ago the Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather was the “soup du jour” of UFC talking points, when it came to their ultra dominant women’s bantamweight champion. Now, in the wake of UFC 184, and Rousey putting a serious hurting on Cat Zingano in less time than it take Bruce Buffer to belt out his intros, it looks like the UFC head office has landed on a new point of senseless comparison for Rousey’s abilities. No longer restrained to just a world champion boxer, who’s never trained MMA, Joe Rogan recently told ESPN that Rousey could beat half the men’s bantamweight division.

It’s a talking point that Bruce Buffer was quick to reiterate to TMZ:

You know, it’s like, I didn’t expect that. I expected Ronda to be a beast. You know what? Ronda’s a beast. I mean, what you saw in Ronda that night, it’s almost like watching spidey-sense Spiderman, you know? In the movie, when the fist’s coming at him from the back of the head and he sees it and he goes like this. It’s like she sees movements coming at her in slow motion. That gives the left brain the time to let the body react to it. And she transitioned beautifully into that straight armlock that she pulled out. It was amazing.

She is the most dominant fighting athlete in the world. There’s nobody more dominant in a female fighting athlete than Ronda Rousey. I’m not going to compare her to men, although quite frankly, I’m sure she’d do very well against at least half the division that she’s in, which is the bantamweight.

When asked just were Ronda might rank in the men’s division right now Buffer tried to keep to the known:

Can’t tell you until she fights the first guy… Well, I mean there’s no reason that you can put her in the top ten amongst men, because it’s not fair. No woman has ever professionally, to my knowledge, fought a man in a professionally commissioned, sanctioned fight. And it’s not going to happen. I mean, I’d be amazed if that ever happened. It’s not gonna happen.

But eventually settled on top 20:

Top twenty… Yeah, in the bantamweight division, I think she probably could… Not top ten, top twenty.

I can’t wait to see what the next iteration is! Perhaps we’ll one day find out just how many current UFC champions Ronda can beat with both hands tied behind her back. Or, you know, just celebrate how awesome she is at beating up other women, instead of trying to figure out which guy she might lose to.

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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