Being arguably the baddest female fighter alive comes with a price – everybody wants to take shots at you. UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) is learning that the target on her back has never been bigger.
Earlier this week, Laila Ali, a retired boxer and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, told TMZ Sports that despite her advanced age, no lady could beat her in a fight, especially the under sized Rousey.
“No woman can beat me, period,” Ali stated. “She’s too much smaller than me anyway. She’s like the size of my daughter, my 3-year-old.”
Rousey caught wind of Ali’s comments and said that size doesn’t matter when it comes to competing against her. And if Ali wants to find out first-hand, “Rowdy” ain’t hard to find.
“If she wants to take me up on that, I’m around,” Rousey told TheDailyBeast.com of Ali. “She’s retired and has several kids. I understand why she’d think that because she has a size advantage, but if you saw my last fight it had nothing to do with size or strength at all. That’s not how I beat people. So you can’t count having a size and strength advantage as having a real advantage against me.”
Ali is now 37 and hasn’t fought in over eight years. She hung up her boxing gloves with a perfect 24-0 professional record.
Rousey is not only unbeaten through 11 scraps, but has been relatively unchallenged.
Just in case you were wondering, the tale of the tape reads:
Rousey: 5-foot-7, 135 pounds vs. Ali: 5-foot-10, 160 during her heyday.