During a recent “Ask Me Anything” session on the Internet forum Reddit, UFC superwoman Ronda Rousey was asked (again) about fighting boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Rousey and Mayweather have been linked together — for better or worse — over the past couple of years as Rousey’s meteoric rise to cultural powerhouse has taken form.
Recently, the chatter turned to real “beef” when Rousey dethroned Mayweather as “Fighter of the Year” at the 2015 ESPY awards. During her acceptance speech, “Rowdy” went, well, rowdy on “Money,” and asked how it felt being “beat by a woman for once.”
Yeah, she went there.
Now, during a recent fan Q&A on Reddit, Rousey poked the proverbial bear once again, saying she could beat Mayweather in a no-rules scrap.
“Do I think I would legit beat Mayweather in a ruleless fight?” Rousey said. “Floyd is one of the best boxers of all time. He would definitely beat me in a boxing match. I unfortunately don’t get into “matches.” I fight for a living. In a no-rules fight, I believe I can beat anyone on this planet. Boxing is a sweet science with strict rules that I respect very much and aspire every day to improve at. But you said ruleless fight, and that’s my honest answer.”
One fighter who seems to have Rousey’s back in this non-stop hypothetical circus is UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
“Ronda would dismantle him in seconds—100 percent,” McGregor told The Guardian on Monday. “When you don’t know how to grapple, you don’t stand a chance.”
The Dublin-born fighter isn’t one to let an opportunity for self-promotion fall by the wayside, either, so, obviously, “Notorious” thinks he could cut down the pound-for-pound boxing king.
“In a real fight, I would dismantle him in seconds,” McGregor said. “Ronda is a judo Olympian. She would throw Floyd on his head in a second. Me? I would knock him out. Cold.”
Mayweather has not had time to respond to McGregor’s claims, but he did manage a nice little comeback to Rousey’s ESPYs jab early last week when he appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
“I’ve yet to see any MMA fighter, or other boxer, make over $300 million in 36 minutes,” Mayweather said. “When she can do that, then call me.”
Money talking money, Rousey talking fighting and McGregor talking — we wouldn’t want it any other way.
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