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UFC responds to Floyd Mayweather's shot at Ronda Rousey

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC just stoked the flames.

On Thursday night, Floyd Mayweather took a swipe at Ronda Rousey, pumping up his own considerable income. Rousey, the UFC women's bantamweight champion, escalated the war of words last month at the ESPYS and Mayweather's response was pure "Money."

"I've yet to see any MMA fighter, or other boxer, make over $300 million in 36 minutes," Mayweather said on ESPN's SportsCenter. "When she can do that, then call me."

The UFC went back at the wildly popular boxer Friday afternoon on Twitter with a highlight video and the hashtag: #SheDontNeed12Rounds.

The whole thing started last year when Mayweather said he didn't know who Rousey was. Rousey took that personally and saved a rip for "Money" at the most opportune time: the ESPYS in July.

"I wonder how Floyd feels being beaten by a woman for once," Rousey said after winning the Fighter of the Year award.

That was a clear shot at Mayweather's past history of domestic violence. Rousey has also said that she wouldn't fight the undefeated boxer unless they were dating. A bout between the two combat sports stars, which will never happen, has been fueled by media in recent weeks and months.

Mayweather was not all negative on ESPN regarding Rousey. He did throw her something of a backhanded compliment.

"A while back I didn't know who Ronda Rousey was, so I'm pretty sure she got upset," Mayweather said. "I want to say congratulations to Ronda Rousey and the UFC. You guys have done a tremendous job and I've won probably six or seven ESPYS for Fighter of the Year. And I truly believe she deserves it. Congratulations to Ronda Rousey."

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