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UFC champion Ronda Rousey was recently a guest on the Power 106 FM radio station (video below) and shed some light on the main difference between MMA and boxing. When asked by the show's host if she'd be able to beat boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an MMA-rules fight inside the UFC Octagon, Rousey was self-deprecating but honest in assessing that she'd likely be able to take out "Money" if she kept the fight on the ground.
"I’ll tell you what I’d do," Rousey began.
"You ready? I would drop down to the ground and crawl over to him as fast I as I can and then I’d grab him by … I wouldn't even stand up. I wouldn’t be anywhere near him. I would just do a little army crawl over there [laughs]. He’d have to run away and I’d be skittering after him, like the one dude in 'Bloodsport' who was doing the whole monkey-crawl fight system. I would do that. I would just bear crawl over there, just too low for him to hit me and tackle him down."
The show's host then asked Ronda if what she was saying was that, once she were to get the fight with Mayweather to the ground, that would be it.
"Well, I spend a lot of time there. I doubt that he does," Rousey explained humbly.
True enough. Every fighter knows that you fight the way you train.
If a great athlete and fighter like Floyd, who never spends any time defending himself from people grabbing him or trying to take him down and hurt him on the ground, faced someone who trained every day to do those things, chances are that he wouldn't be able to deal with them.
So, yeah. We'd bet on Ronda beating Floyd. They are roughly the same size and, though Mayweather is clearly the better stand-up striker, as Rousey concedes, the UFC bantamweight champ is the more well-rounded fighter.
Check out the video of Rousey's interview below.
Who would you put your money on in an MMA rules fight - Rousey or Mayweather? Let us know in the comments section.