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Ronda Rousey Doesn’t Think It Would Be A Good Idea For Her To Fight A Man, And She’s Right

Submitted by on March 15, 2015 – 9:54 amNo Comment

Over the course of the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about UFC champion Ronda Rousey fighting against a male competitor at some point in time. Rousey herself suggested that she believes she could beat any male MMA fighter in her weight class, and other people like Manny Pacquiao—who said he believes Rousey could beat Floyd Mayweather in an MMA fight—suggested that she could do it, too. So should we just assume that Rousey is actually going to climb into the Octagon with a male fighter sometime soon?

Not so fast. Rousey isn’t ready to back down from what she said. But during an interview with The Daily Beast last week, she said that she doesn’t think it would be a very good idea for her to fight against a man. She knows that there are a lot of people out there who would pay to see it. But she thinks it could potentially send the wrong message.

“I don’t think it’s a great idea to have a man hitting a woman on television,” she said. “I’ll never say that I’ll lose, but you could have a girl totally getting beat up on TV by a guy—which is a bad image to put across. With all the football [domestic violence] stuff that’s been happening, not a good idea. It’s fun to theorize about and talk about, but it’s something that’s much better in theory than fact.”

Rousey is right, too. In theory, we’d love to see her and a man fight. But what if Rousey was immediately overmatched by that man? It’d lead to her getting beat up by him and that just wouldn’t be good for anyone. It’d give MMA a huge blemish on their résumé and make the sport look bad. So with that in mind, it wouldn’t be smart for Rousey to pursue a fight against a male fighter—and it wouldn’t be smart for us to continue to talk about it. So can we just drop it?

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