Of course, this question has been raised before, and shortly before Rousey took out Zingano in 14 seconds, Joe Rogan argued that “Rowdy” could beat “50%” of the UFC’s male bantamweights. The comments quickly made the rounds on the internet, and recently, Rousey was asked to weigh-in on that assessment, while appearing on ESPN’s Sports Center (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I never say that I’m incapable of beating anybody, because I don’t believe in putting limits on myself,” Rousey said. “So I mean, I would have to say if you’re just talking about what’s in the realm of possibility of what’s possible of who I could beat, well I could beat 100 percent of them. You can’t tell me that there’s a zero percent chance that I can beat anyone on the planet, so I’m never gonna say that.”
That’s a good way of looking at it. Even Rousey’s doubters have to admit she would have some chance against male fighters, especially when you consider the champ’s finishing rate.
Now, of course, all this talk is pretty silly, since we all know Rousey isn’t going to be fighting a male anytime soon, or ever. The big reason there’s been all this talk, however, is because Rousey has needed less than three minutes total to defeat her last three opponents. When Rousey was asked about why she is such a dominant champ, the 28 year-old stated the following about her challengers:
“It’s not that they’re lacking anything so much,” Rousey said. “They decided later in life that they wanted to be a fighter. A lot of these girls already developed a personality and had a life and one day they decided, ‘I’m gonna give it a try.’ Whereas, this is literally what I was raised to do.”
Now it will be interesting to see if the UFC can bring Cris “Cyborg” on board, and set up an all-star bout with Rousey later in 2015. As it stands right now, that seems like the only match-up that has people really buzzing.