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Morning Report: Joe Rogan: I shouldn’t have said Ronda Rousey could beat half the male bantamweights in the UFC

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Sometimes all it takes is a good old-fashioned beatdown to make you see the error of your ways. Fortunately for Joe Rogan, he wasn’t the one who had to take one for him to figure out that some of his previous takes on Ronda Rousey were scalding hot.

At the height of Rousey’s dominance, her cross-over appeal was such that non-MMA fans began speculating on who could possibly beat her and some of the opinions were rather outlandish. One of the major #hottakes during this time was the idea that Rousey would be more than a match for many of the male bantamweights in the UFC, an idea Joe Rogan himself help perpetuate.

Previously, Rogan has stated that he was okay with a Rousey-Bryan Caraway fight should the UFC want to make it and that Rousey would beat 50 percent of the male UFC bantamweights, saying, “There's a lot of guys her size she could beat. 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." He also defended this statement a couple of weeks later saying that a much larger opponent like Johny Hendricks would “most likely beat her up” but that against similarly sized opponents she could “easily” catch them in a scramble due to her technical superiority.

Well, Rogan is now no longer willing to stand on that hill. In the most recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan was discussing a joke he performed in his stand-up routine about not allowing women to guard the White House and the backlash he got from audience members about it. In the course of the discussion, Rogan walked back his statements about Rousey’s ability to dominate men in the UF, saying that he shouldn’t have joined in on the hype.

“I’m not happy that Ronda Rousey lost but in a way, it makes things easier because there was a bunch of f**kin’ people going, ‘Oh yeah, what about Ronda Rousey?” And I made the mistake saying - hyperbole. I’m the master of hyperbole, I exaggerate all the time - I was like, ‘She could probably beat half the men bantamweights in the UFC.’

“That’s definitely not true. I shouldn’t have said it at the time, now it’s definitely not true. She could beat a few that aren’t good outside the sport. Look, if she gets guys on the ground she could f**k a lot of people up. Her Judo is 100 percent legit, her armbars are amongst the best in the business but people were always saying that... Thank god now that she’s lost everyone’s relaxed with that.”

Now we just have to find out if he’d still pick Rousey in a fight against Floyd Mayweather.


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