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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'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.
Octagon interviews with Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano.
UFC 184 post-fight presser highlights. (full presser here)
'Welcome to the Show' event highlights. (Full event video here)
Cris Cyborg believe's she'll get her chance at Ronda Rousey.
The Gracie Breakdown for Rousey's armbar.
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Better luck next time.
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Thank you for all your support! I will rest up, keep working, & see what's next. I'm truly grateful for all that support me!— Mark Muñoz (@mark_munoz) March 1, 2015
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I just watched my neighbors house burn to the ground less than 2 hours after being home. Suddenly my weekend wasn't so bad.— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) March 2, 2015
My neighbors house an hour ago. How do I complain about a fight when this happens? Poor guys. pic.twitter.com/lsWMps6dnp— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) March 2, 2015
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Unbeaten! I'm the only one in the ranking with three straight wins and who never had the chance to... https://t.co/sL5gMNc3vS— Bethe (@bethecorreia) March 2, 2015
Slipping hats and cashing cheques with Uncle Frank. pic.twitter.com/nEv3oLO2dW— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 1, 2015
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via mathias1.
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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