Ronda Rousey’s defeat to Holly Holm was undoubtedly the biggest upset in the recent history of the UFC. After her loss to Holm, Ronda is now drawing quite the flak from people as she was highly favored to win while some feel that she deserved it because of her attitude both on and off the ring. The latest to join the bandwagon is Muhammad Ali’s younger daughter Laila Ali.
According to the retired boxer Laila, 37, Ronda lost simply because she is not the best fighter in the world.
“In order to be the best in the world, you definitely don’t EVER get beat up like that in your prime, period,” said Laila.
Laila Ali, an accomplished boxer herself who finished her career with a 24-0 record has a history with Ronda.
Laila openly declared that no woman in the world could ever beat her in a fight, let alone the “too small” Ronda to which Ronda obviously disagreed and declared that she would not only beat Ali in the Octagon but defeat her in the boxing ring as well.
So, when the opportunity arose how could Laila not rub salt to Ronda’s wound.
Ronda’s loss has been described as the biggest upset ever in UFC history but Laila insists, “She didn’t shock me.”
“Holly Holm is a talented boxer. She’s a world champion.”
“She’s got an MMA background and obviously was no chump so I’m excited for her and hopefully she gets the exposure she needs to take her career to the next level.”
On being asked where Ronda needs to improve on, Ali responded, “Oh, where to I begin?”
“It’s not even about her at this point. I think she can watch the tape and see what she needs to work on.”
“It’s obvious who the better fighter was.”
Regarding the rematch between Ronda and Holm that has been doing the rounds, Laila had to say just one thing, “I don’t think she should have a rematch with Holly Holm because I think it will go the same way the second time, probably worse.”
Laila however, defended Ronda over the heavy criticism she received from the likes of Lady Gaga for not touching gloves pre-fight.
“That’s a fighter’s choice whether they want to touch gloves or not,” Ali said.
“Sometimes I didn’t do that either.
“People who aren’t fighters can sit on the sideline and say whatever it is they want to say, but when you get in the ring you need to do what you need to do to feel comfortable as a fighter.
“None of that [sportsmanship] matters. If she’d had won, no one would have said anything.”
Many have slammed Ronda after her UFC loss. Even US Presidential candidate Donald Trump took to twitter to slam her. His tweet reads: “Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten – not a nice person!”