Chael Sonnen: I Never Thought Ronda Rousey Was Best In The World

Chael Sonnen never believed the hype when it came to Ronda Rousey. When Rousey dominated the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division, she was also a household name in the mainstream media. And because of her dominance, many regarded her as the best fighter in the world. Some even claimed she could beat male bantamweights in a […]

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Chael Sonnen never believed the hype when it came to Ronda Rousey.

When Rousey dominated the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division, she was also a household name in the mainstream media. And because of her dominance, many regarded her as the best fighter in the world. Some even claimed she could beat male bantamweights in a fight as well as Floyd Mayweather.

Of course, opinions changed when Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes before deciding to leave the sport. Many felt her opponents were lower-level compared to today’s fighters. Others believe she simply wasn’t tested in her striking enough.

For Sonnen, he believes “Rowdy” was simply at the right place at the right time:

“I do admit I never thought that Ronda was the best fighter in the world,” Sonnen said on Ariel and The Bad Guy (via MMA News). “The division was just forming and she was in the right place at the right time. And that sounds insulting but that’s the way I see it.”

However, Sonnen does give credit to Rousey for leaving the sport in what he feels will age better with time:

“Ariel, I think she actually deserves a compliment,” Sonnen went on to say. “When she took her ball and went home as you put it, I think that actually left a message. I think that decision looked kinda like a fine wine and got better in time in this way, when you’ve had enough in this sport get out of it. Whether that means opening up your spot on the roster or in her case, her spot in title fights and main events and giving that chance to somebody else, or just for her own sanity and physicality.

“If it’s not what you wanna do anymore, get out of the way. Don’t go one foot in and one foot out. I think Ronda’s decision, while judged and criticized at the time, I think it looks better with age. And I think that she made the right decision and helped to set a good example.”

Do you agree with Sonnen?

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Chael Sonnen: Ronda Rousey Was In The Right Place At The Right Time

Chael Sonnen believes Ronda Rousey made the right call to leave MMA when she did. Rousey was certainly a polarizing figure in the sport of MMA. In a short period of time, “Rowdy” broke barriers in the UFC. Dana White, the UFC president, onc…

Chael Sonnen believes Ronda Rousey made the right call to leave MMA when she did. Rousey was certainly a polarizing figure in the sport of MMA. In a short period of time, “Rowdy” broke barriers in the UFC. Dana White, the UFC president, once said he’d never have women compete under the promotion. Once he […]

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Gina Carano Reveals What Stopped Her From Fighting Ronda Rousey

What if I told you that Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano were almost booked against one another in a superfight? Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano are arguably the two biggest names in the history of WMMA. Rousey rose to superstardom during her reign of terror …

What if I told you that Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano were almost booked against one another in a superfight? Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano are arguably the two biggest names in the history of WMMA. Rousey rose to superstardom during her reign of terror from 2013-2015 as the UFC bantamweight champion. As for Gina […]

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Gina Carano Details How Dana White Pressured Her Out Of Ronda Rousey Superfight

There was a good chance the mixed martial arts world may have seen a superfight between Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey. Both fighters are regarded as pioneers of women’s mixed martial arts and given their mainstream appeal, a fight would have done solid business for the UFC. Although Carano’s last fight was in Strikeforce in […]

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There was a good chance the mixed martial arts world may have seen a superfight between Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey.

Both fighters are regarded as pioneers of women’s mixed martial arts and given their mainstream appeal, a fight would have done solid business for the UFC.

Although Carano’s last fight was in Strikeforce in 2009, she revealed the UFC actually called her for a meeting in view of a potential fight with Rousey. And Carano was on board at first:

“When Ronda Rousey became popular, they finally called for a meeting,” Carano revealed on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. “I walked in to a restaurant and there were big, muscly guys on the table in the middle of Hollywood and I remember thinking ‘what took you so long?’ They were like ‘okay, we’d love to offer you a million dollars. We’d love to have that fight.’

“And I was like ‘well, that sounds great. I’m going to need you to do me a favor. I’ve been acting now and I’m not active in any gym. So you’re going to have to give me some time to build a team which is not an easy thing. … You got to sit on this for six months, Dana.”

However, White didn’t seem patient enough. Carano detailed how she was pressured by the UFC head honcho to fight sooner which ultimately led to them falling out.

“… It was a nice dinner and we all left positive. I left stoked. Okay, this makes sense. This is my moment,” she added. “And then, the next day Dana was out there talking about me, talking about my name, telling people that they were going to sign me. And I don’t even have a team yet. I was like ‘that’s not what we discussed. You were supposed to give me at least six months to find a team.’ And then he started trying to put on the pressure through the media.

“It was a bummer because I told him over a text message that’s not what we talked about. I need time. … Then, he kept on doing that. I was still kind of searching for a team and feeling all that pressure. And then he sent me a text message that said, ‘this b*tch is something effing us around.’ I sent a text message back saying I think you sent that to the wrong person. And he said I don’t think I did. And that was the last conversation we had over a text message. Because I don’t think that was the kind of environment I wanted to come back into. So I just cut all communication after that text.”

Carano added that she later met with White who offered a genuine apology. However, by that time, the damage was done and Carano was firmly focused on acting.

What do you make of Carano’s revelations?

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Justin Gaethje Compares Conor McGregor To Ronda Rousey’s Downfall

Justin Gaethje believes Conor McGregor is following the same path that served as Ronda Rousey’s downfall, at least in the world of MMA. Gaethje has been angling for a bout with McGregor, but it appears that fight is out of his grasp. McGregor ann…

Justin Gaethje believes Conor McGregor is following the same path that served as Ronda Rousey’s downfall, at least in the world of MMA. Gaethje has been angling for a bout with McGregor, but it appears that fight is out of his grasp. McGregor announced that he’ll be making his return to the Octagon on Jan. […]

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Ronda Rousey Reacts To Nate Diaz’s Alleged USADA Violation

The mixed martial arts (MMA) community has offered reactions all week to Nate Diaz and his issues with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Now, former UFC women’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey has chimed in. Rousey took to Twitter tonight (Fri. October 25, 2019) to back Diaz, saying she knows the Stockton slugger isn’t a […]

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The mixed martial arts (MMA) community has offered reactions all week to Nate Diaz and his issues with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Now, former UFC women’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey has chimed in.

Rousey took to Twitter tonight (Fri. October 25, 2019) to back Diaz, saying she knows the Stockton slugger isn’t a cheater.

“Everyone knows you’re clean, f*ck cheaters, PEDs are for P-U-S-S-I-E-S”

Diaz shook up the MMA world when he took to Twitter to announce USADA informed him he tested for “elevated levels” that may have come from a tainted supplement. Diaz was angered by having his name possibly associated with cheating, and took to Twitter to announce the findings, calling “false” on USADA’s results and demanding the UFC and anti-doping agency clear his name – or else he’s not showing up to New York next week.

The fan-favorite is expected to face Jorge Masvidal in one of the most highly-anticipated fights of the year in the UFC 244 main event for the Baddest Mother F*cker Championship. However, if the UFC and USADA don’t clear Diaz’s name of any wrongdoing, the fight may never happen. Here’s Diaz’s full statement.

“Im not gonna make it out to NYC for fight week next week because they say I tested with elevated levels that they say might be from some tainted supplements. I call false on that cause I only take Whole Food or natural food supplements. I don’t even eat meat. So until UFC, Usada or whoever is F*CKING with me Fixes it, I won’t be competing.

“Im not gonna play their game and try and hide it or keep quite, as they suggested. I’m not gonna have my name tainted as a cheater like these other motherf*ckers who keep quiet until after the fight just to so that they can get paid. f*ckin cheaters. I dont give a fuck about some money over my dignity and my legacy.

“I’m not playing along with this bullshit. I’m not staying quiet and figuring it out after the fight. That’s cheating. So fight game I’ll see you when I see you Sincerely, The realest baddest mother f*cker in the game”

What do you make of Rousey’s reaction to Diaz’s USADA woes?

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