Recently Laila Ali made headlines by telling TMZ that “no woman”, including Ronda Rousey, could defeat her, and not surprisingly, the UFC bantamweight champ has responded.
If you missed it, Ali was approached by TMZ recently, and after discussing the upcoming bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, she was asked about Rousey. More specifically, the retired, boxing champ was asked if Rousey could beat her.
At first, Ali said she didn’t want to answer the question, since she was a boxer and Rousey’s a “UFC fighter.” But, when she was pressed on whether “Rowdy” could defeat her, Ali relayed:
“Of course not. She’s way too much smaller than me any ways. She’s like the size of my daughter. My three year old.”
Well, Rousey recently spoke to The Daily Beast, and when asked about Ali’s comments, the undefeated fighter stated:
“If she wants to take me up on that, I’m around,” Rousey said. “She’s retired and has several kids. I understand why she’d think that because she has a size advantage, but if you saw my last fight it had nothing to do with size or strength at all. That’s not how I beat people. So you can’t count having a size and strength advantage as having a real advantage against me.”
How about that? Now sure, because of Rousey’s world class Judo game, one would think she’s more than capable of chucking a bigger opponent to the mat. To be fair, Ali–who competed at around 160 pounds–didn’t really specify if she was talking about a boxing match or MMA.
Of course, all of this is kind of silly, since the 37 year-old Ali retired in 2007.
Rousey, meanwhile, is set to begin filming “Mile 22″ in May. It remains to be seen when and who the 28 year-old star will fight next.