Reigning UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is making the television and radio rounds on Thursday, including an interview on ESPN's SportsCenter. Keeping in line with the ramped up theme of "could Rousey defeat some of the UFC's male fighters?", which has seen Joe Rogan and Bruce Buffer handicap her against the field of the men's 135 lbs division, Rousey offered her own take on her chances against her male counterparts. (Quotes via MMA Fighting)
"I never say that I'm incapable of beating anybody, because I don't believe in putting limits on myself," Rousey said. "So I mean, I would have to say if you're just talking about what's in the realm of possibility of what's possible of who I could beat, well I could beat 100 percent of them. You can't tell me that there's a zero percent chance that I can beat anyone on the planet, so I'm never gonna say that."
Rousey also went on The Dan Patrick Show and felt it was a "compliment" that this topic is even being discussed.
"I'm not offended," Rousey said. "I really don't think that's serious. I consider it a compliment that people will even consider it."
The whole concept of Rousey fighting men is nothing new, as she claimed she could beat heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez early last year. But after her 14 second armbar win over Cat Zingano, the feeling that any challenger for her in the women's 135 lbs division is going to get destroyed has caused the reasonable next step in logic of "Could she beat T.J. Dillashaw?". Bovada even went as far as to set betting odds at 25-1 that the UFC would book her against a male fighter before the end of 2016. As Yahoo's Kevin Iole put it, Rousey vs. a man is never going to happen in the UFC. Just appreciate what Rousey has done to date and how utterly dominant she's been in the sport.