In a little over four years of being undefeated early stories of a would-be crossover celebrity started to grow like wildfire. Wherever Ronda Rousey appeared or fought, the media was all over her.
Fans wanted to have glimpse of the UFC women’s bantamweight champion who was dominating every opponent- crushing, choking them within seconds of the fight. Ronda Rousey built a reputation for dominance in the fight sport, male or female.
It wasn’t long until stories of Ronda Rousey dominating the boxing scene started to grow. Her hype grew to such a point that people were starting to actually believe that she would beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight.
These were followed by stories that Rowdy was knocking out her sparring partners in the gym- regular boxers, champion boxers alike.
Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather stories a joke
Floyd Mayweather’s uncle, Jeff Mayweather shrugged it off when he recalled Rowdy trash talking his nephew.
“She got annihilated…she’s partly to blame…she hasn’t went out and actually got a striking coach…that’s what she needs…she’s amazing if she can shoot in there and get you and choke you out…that part of Ronda Rousey isn’t gone,” Jeff Mayweather told Fighthype. “All that talk about beating up Floyd and all that, that was a joke.” He added.
Ronda Rousey stories about boxing improvements in gym were lies
When Rowdy’s photograph was featured on the Ring Magazine boxing fans were shocked. She had already built a reputation of her gym stories, of flooring boxing world champions with body shots.
“He was talking about me,” former WBC champ Diana Prazak said in a report by SkySports. “My trainer rang him to say ‘why would you make that up?’ It’s an untruth. I hope she comes back with a totally different team around her who look after her safety.”
Her boxing trainer’s record is rather vague. Her mother was against coach Edmond Tarverdyan, who allegedly made claims and stories of Ronda Rousey ‘s boxing improvement. Was Rowdy really about to dominate in boxing?
“No, of course not,” Mikaela Mayer said. “I have been training for 10 years to be at this level. For her to just walk in to the Olympic level and be competitive – that’s just not probable…”
“We do four two-minute rounds – it’s the pace and scoring that you need to learn. Of course [Rousey isn’t at the same level] just like I wouldn’t be at the same level in MMA or judo.”
Now all seems clear after a beating Amanda Nunes gave, and Holly Holm before her. If all those gym stories were true Ronda Rousey couldn’t have lost the way she did on a stand-up fight. Will she finally retire, or address another comeback bid remains to be seen.
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