Ronda Rousey aspires to be like Floyd Mayweather, says she can beat Cain Velasquez

Jeff Gross

Never one to stay away from the mic, Rousey admires the accomplishments of boxer Floyd Mayweather and sticks to her guns when asked about her claim that she could beat the UFC's heavyweight champ.

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey hasn't been one to shy away from the spotlight. In addition to having just finished two films in Fast & Furious 7 and Expendables 3 with two more films on tap for 2014, she's remained one of the most quotable fighters in the promotion.

That role hasn't changed in the lead up to her third title defense coming up at UFC 170. Her love of the limelight should come as no surprise after she told media members on Wednesday that boxer Floyd Mayweather is one of her biggest influences (via MMA Junkie):

"He is someone I aspire to be very much like in a business sense," Rousey said at a Wednesday media session in Las Vegas. "I try to take every lesson that I can, and my coach definitely tries to throw some stylistic things my way that he also learned from him."

As a seeming illustration of the mentality, Rousey  talked back in November about potentially being able to upset heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (via Fox Sports):

"In any given moment, under the right circumstance, I think it is possible. You cannot tell me that it is physically impossible. It is possible that in any given moment that I could beat him. I simply believe in my possibilities."

While Rousey's persona has gained her as many fans as it has haters, almost every MMA fans cares about her in one way or another. And that's very good in the fight business.

In her next fight she'll face off against fellow Olympic medalist Sara McMann this Saturday in the main event of UFC 170. For the first time in UFC history two former Olympians will face off in the Octagon at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.

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