Ah, yes, the flow of content regarding who Ronda Rousey can beat, or can’t, continues, and the latest to weigh-in on the subject is Laila Ali.
Recently TMZ Sports caught up with the retired boxing champ, and proceeded to ask her about the upcoming, all-star boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Then, the cameraman moved on to Rousey, who has been dominating headlines since her ridiculously quick win over Cat Zingano at UFC 184.
When Ali was asked if she could defeat the UFC bantamweight champ, at first, the undefeated boxer said she didn’t want to answer the question, since she’s “not a UFC fighter” and Rousey’s not a boxer. But then, Ali stated “no woman can beat me period.”
When she was asked the follow up ‘Not even Ronda?’, Ali stated “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.”
How about that for a zinger huh? No, if you’re wondering, Ali competed at around 160 pounds during her decorated boxing career, which saw her go 24-0. Now, one would think, Ali thought the interviewer was talking about a boxing match with Rousey, not a MMA fight. After all, we are talking about someone who tosses bantamweights through the air like they were nothing, and can seemingly slap on an armbar in less than a second.
Now all this comes at a time when there’s been widespread discussion, throughout the MMA world and mainstream sports, about just how good Rousey is. For a few days, lots of folks were debating whether Rousey could defeat male bantamweights, and “Rowdy” argued she most certainly could. But, more recently, Rousey has reminded people that “I don’t think we should celebrate a man hitting a woman in any kind of setting.”
Up next, the 28 year-old Rousey is going to act in another film, and it remains to be seen who she’ll defend the title against later this year. You can watch the TMZ segment with Ali below.