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Morning Report: Joe Rogan says Ronda Rousey 'might beat 50 percent' of UFC's male bantamweights

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In October, UFC commentator Joe Rogan said he'd have 'no problem' with UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, or any woman for that matter, fighting a man of equal weight.

Speaking with ESPN's Dan Lebatard prior to UFC 184, Rogan may have upped the ante just a bit.

Asked, essentially, how bad a professional male fighter would need to be for Rousey to beat him in a fight, Rogan says she'd be middle of the pack in the UFC's bantamweight division.

"There's a lot of guys her size she could beat," said Rogan. "I mean, a lot. If you took the roster of the UFC's bantamweights, 135 pounds, and you paired them up against Ronda Rousey, she might be able to beat 50 percent of them. That's not a joke."

Admitting he doesn't believe we'll ever see Rousey actually fight a man, Rogan brought up female Dutch boxer Lucia Rijker's ill-fated exhibition bout against a male fighter.

In 1994, Rijker faced 21 year-old New Zealander Somchai Jaidee in a Muay Thai style exhibition match at Sporthalle Zuid in Amsterdam. In a fight that became less competitive with each passing minute, Rijker suffered a rather brutal KO early in round two.

"Lucia Rijker was the woman everyone was ducking," said Rogan. "She was just a murderous puncher. Fantastic technique. She was beating everybody. She was originally a kickboxer from Holland and she fought a man once and got knocked dead.

"So you were looking at a woman who was beating the daylights out of all these women and she fought a guy who was a decent fighter, but there's a difference. There's a difference in the male structure. There's a difference in the male frame. Testosterone plays a big difference."

If not for her bone structure, Rogan believes Rousey could likely beat an even bigger share of the men's division.

"The ability to take punches is a significant difference," said Rogan. "The structure of the face, the muscles in the neck. Women just cannot take the same kind of punches that men can. That's the only reason why I only give Ronda a chance at beating 50 percent of the men. If she could take the kind of punches that some of these guys might possibly land it might get up to like 60 percent. She's a truly special talent."

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Post show. Ariel Helwani, Marc Raimondi, and Dave Meltzer break down the top storylines coming out of UFC 184.

Female Tyson. UFC president Dana White calls Ronda Rousey 'the female version' of former heavyweight champion boxer 'Iron' Mike Tyson.

'We should do this again.' Seconds after submitting her, Ronda Rousey told Cat Zingano that they'll fight again in the future.

'Ronda is from De Mars, women are from Venus.' Chuck Mindenhall explains why appreciating Ronda Rousey requires only a few seconds of your time.

'I'll never look at Anderson as a cheater.' UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones says he still looks up to former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and that he doesn't believe Silva used PEDs his entire career.

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MEDIA STEW

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Octagon interviews with Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano.

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Dana White talks Ronda, Holly Holm, Brock Lesnar and more.

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UFC 184 post-fight presser highlights. (full presser here)

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'Welcome to the Show' event highlights. (Full event video here)

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Cris Cyborg believe's she'll get her chance at Ronda Rousey.

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The Gracie Breakdown for Rousey's armbar.

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Long watches.

ROLL: Jiu-Jitsu in SoCal
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SFL 37 USA
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Submission Radio - Rich Franklin: If he'll Ever Fight again, feeling sorry for Anderson Silva, PEDs, ONE FC

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Mentality of Combat Sports - Emotional Burnout, Building Confidence After Performances and More

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TWEETS

See how the pros reacted to all the action from UFC 184.

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Victory lap.

A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on


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Better luck next time.


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Respect.

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Cyborg.

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Next?

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Please do.

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Always Sunny.

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Whoa.

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Watch out.

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Poor guys.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Feb. 27- March 3 2015)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via mathias1.

Ronda Rousey is now the undisputed #1 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA

I almost cringe calling Ronda Rousey an "MMA fighter," because for me that carries certain implications:

Watered down martial arts, wall and stall, lay and pray, leg kicks for days, point fighting, etc.

She is very intelligent in the cage. She doesn't "point fight." She looks to end the fight quickly, sparing herself unnecessary damage, by using the Judo she's spent years perfecting. In point of fact, by doing this, she has mostly spared her opponents from incurring unnecessary damage over the course of a potential 25 minute match.

It's one of the reasons I've always personally felt that grappling is far superior to striking. She won that fight without throwing a single strike.

The armbar she used to stop Cat Zingano at UFC 184 was brilliant, and it was applied calmly and smoothly. It had the feel of improvisation to it. Just awesome stuff.

She's undefeated, and to state what should now be completely obvious...unchallenged. No one comes close.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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