Ultimate Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is an athlete unlike any other in the sports world today. The dominant and unbeaten mixed martial arts sensation becomes an even bigger star with every victory that she earns, and Rousey has taken advantage of that fame to branch out into movies and into World Wrestling Entertainment. That Rousey has no equal in the UFC and possibly on the planet – in her weight class, at least – has made her one of the biggest names in MMA history and a draw for UFC shows unlike any other that the promotion has ever featured in main events.
One can say with full confidence that no female competitor currently signed by the UFC will be able to defeat Rousey, because no woman has yet come close to doing so during her professional career. This has resulted in some within the sports world wondering out loud how well or how poorly Rousey would perform against other athletes. There is one man in particular who immediately comes to mind whenever such imaginary battles are mentioned. That fighter has been called out by Rousey in the past, and there are millions upon millions of people who would tune in to watch that man get tapped out by the UFC champ.
10. Abel Trujillo
Culinary Workers’ Union Local 226 uncovered this tidbit about lightweight Abel Trujillo back in 2012: “Abel Nazario Trujillo, another cage fighter scheduled to compete on the UFC fight card on Dec. 8 in Seattle, has twice pleaded guilty to Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor. In both cases, the victim was identified as the mother of his child. In May 2007, Trujillo also pleaded guilty to Obstruction of an Emergency Communication.” The UFC has a long history of employing fighters involved in such disgusting incidents, and those fighters need to see what happens when a victim punches back.
9. Roger Goodell
Ok, so Roger Goodell is not technically an athlete, but the commissioner of the National Football League has been known for not doing enough to thoroughly punish players who are involved in domestic violence cases. Goodell cannot go back and make things right, and it has been suggested by many that the only reason he has taken such a strong stand in such matters over the past year is because of the criticism he received over the Ray Rice case. The NFL boss has to be made accountable, and I have the ideal woman who could stand as his judge, his jury and his executioner.
8. T.J. Dillashaw
It has to be noted that this piece was created in August 2015 at a time when Rousey and bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw were right next to each other in the pound-for-pound rankings. It is time for the speculation about where Rousey ranks among men to end and for the action to take place inside of the cage. Rousey has no equal in MMA in her weight class. Nobody other than Miesha Tate believes that Tate will topple Rousey, and Tate herself may not even be convinced that she has a chance. Let Rousey prove that she is truly the best bantamweight, man or woman, alive today.
7. Delfine Persoon
Odds are that casual sports fans are not familiar with the name. Delfine Persoon is currently serving as a champion for multiple boxing organizations in what would likely be Rousey’s weight class were she to move on to that sport. While Persoon has a record of 33-1 as of the summer of 2015, Rousey proved that she could stand and strike with the best of them when she knocked Bethe Correia out cold at UFC 190. Yes, there is a big difference between the two sports, and Rousey would have to put in plenty of work to have a chance at winning. Rousey has thus quieted all doubters during her career. Who can say she would not again do so were she to enter the ring?
6. Stephanie McMahon
This is a fun one to add to the list just because we are probably going to see a staged version of Rousey destroying Stephanie McMahon inside of a WWE ring at some point down the road. Rousey is a known pro wrestling fan who has the nickname “Rowdy” in honor of Roddy Piper, and she had a “run-in” with McMahon at WrestleMania 31. That would not be the first time that McMahon has worked a match inside of the ring. She was even a champion for some time years ago. Rousey tapping McMahon out would make for a moment that would be replayed time and time again on SportsCenter.
5. Luis Suarez
Karma has seemingly managed to lose Luis Suarez throughout his professional career. The striker has bitten opponents on at least three occasion during games, and Suarez was also involved in an ugly racial abuse incident while playing for Liverpool. He nevertheless has managed to continue making tons of money, and he completed a dream move to Spanish giant Barcelona after he bit an opposing player at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The joke of Rousey knocking some of Suarez’s chompers out of his mouth is an easy one to make, but it is also a fitting comment considering all that has happened over the years.
4. Hope Solo
The domestic violence case involving the United States Women’s National Team goalkeeper and two of her family members that began in June 2014 got uglier and uglier with every new piece of information that saw the light of day. Those details made for even further knocks on the reputation of Hope Solo, so much so that some claimed that Solo should have been taken off of the USWNT before the start of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. That did not happen, and Solo helped the US win that tournament. Having her step into the cage with Rousey would likely teach Solo a lesson or two on how she should treat her fellow humans.
3. Manny Pacquiao
The perception had by boxing fans located all around the world is that Manny Pacquiao and also Floyd Mayweather stole money from customers by putting on one of the most-boring fights in recent history earlier this year. Neither Pacquiao, who dared to suggest that he was dealing with an injured shoulder after he lost the fight, nor Mayweather are giving that cash back. That makes Rousey the hero that the sports world needs and the hero that the sports world deserves. Go get revenge for society, Ronda, and then take care of Mayweather for the other obvious reasons that will be mentioned later in this piece.
2. Cris Cyborg
It is the only “dream fight” left out there for Rousey, as she has taken care of everybody else in the UFC division with ease. Diehard MMA followers know all about the hurdles that stand in the way of Rousey and Chris Cyborg meeting up inside of a cage for a battle of the ages. Cyborg must first drop to 135 pounds if she wants to compete for Rousey’s title, and Cyborg, along with Rousey, would also have to pass multiple drug tests leading up to the fight. If the stars were to align and Rousey versus Cyborg was to ever occur at the top of a UFC card, Rousey cementing herself as the greatest female fighter in history would cap off a legendary career.
1. Floyd Mayweather
Along with flaunting his wealth – a fortune that he has certainly earned during his boxing career – on social media websites, Floyd Mayweather has also become a heel because of multiple domestic violence incidents that have been well-publicized. Rousey took multiple verbal jabs at Mayweather during an appearance at the 2015 ESPY awards, noting that it must have been weird for Mayweather to have been “beaten by a woman” for a change. Slap the armbar on Mayweather if you ever get the opportunity to do so, Ronda, and then don’t let go for a long time. A long time.