Ellenberger: Rousey would be competitive in UFC men's division


Rousey generated significant controversy when she said emphatically and repeatedly that could beat UFC men's bantamweight Bryan Caraway. Caraway is the longtime boyfriend of Rousey's arch rival UFC women's bantamweight contender Miesha Tate.

"I just said that I could beat up her and boyfriend in the same day," Rousey to Dan LeBatard in 2012. "He's just some average to below average MMA guy and I'm the women's world champion. It would be expected that I'd be able to beat the average MMA guy in my weight class, right? Is that such an unbelievable thing to say? No."

Rousey repeated the remarks during a Metro PCS chat last year.

“People ask me this question all the time and it’s the same answer all the time,” said Rousey. “I would love to beat the s--- out of Bryan Caraway, but apparently it’s not legal. And he seems like the kind of b---- that would sue me.”

In fact, back in 2012, Rousey told LeBatard that she had beaten up men and been sued for it in the past.

"It's happened to me a couple times," said Rousey. "Not in a sanctioned, legal way, but it was entertaining to everybody that saw it. I got applause afterwards.

"I got jumped by a bunch of guys in a movie theater and I beat them up and then everyone clapped. and then I was like, 'Maybe I should fight in front of people, people tend to like it.' That was one of my first MMA experiences."

"They wouldn't let me leave and they pushed me. So, I was technically in the 'kidnap situation,' I learned this from my lawyer, and was fearing for my life, so I had to defend myself. So I did defend myself very well ... and so they sued me. Whatever."

Many fans scoffed at the remarks.

However the #5 ranked welterweight in the UFC, Jake Ellenberger, spoke with Mike Chiappetta for FOX Sports, and Ellenberger too thinks that Rousey would be competitive in the UFC men's bantamweight division.

"Oh, yeah. She could and she would," said Ellenberger. "I've known her for a few years but what really stands out with her is she works harder than most people in this sport. Male or female, it doesn't matter. She's always in the gym whether she has a fight coming up or not. And it shows. There's no secret to success but hard work, and she's one of the hardest-working people in the sport in my opinion. That's really what's stuck in my head from being around her. But she's very skilled and very strong and she throws everyone. She absolutely could beat a lot of the guys in that division."

So what do you think UG? You agree with Jake Ellenberger?

Ellenberger fights Robbie Lawler at UFC 173 next weekend.

Rousey fights Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on July 5.


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Micha3l_Kn1ght site profile image  

5/19/14 9:19 PM by Micha3l_Kn1ght

She does reassemble somewhat of a man too me. Ugly just being real.. Sue me

mikethecricket site profile image  

5/19/14 9:15 PM by mikethecricket

Louis Smolka

KingofCommonSense site profile image  

5/19/14 8:58 PM by KingofCommonSense

Really? Okay, name them!....She gets punched in the face several times...She goes down. Jake is looking for a way in.

r1ch site profile image  

5/19/14 8:51 PM by r1ch

Jake EllenBurstyn is just trying to get laid.

mikethecricket site profile image  

5/19/14 8:18 PM by mikethecricket

Why is this so hard to believe?I think there are guys on the UFC that Rousey could beat.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

5/19/14 7:31 PM by duckhuntgangsta

I bet there are several she would beat in a grappling match. Full on MMA? On the ground maybe if she can neutralize heavy shots and she is fighting someone who is far less skilled than her. The fights start standing so she would have to get it to the ground. That's where I have a hard time seeing her succeed. If someone had no TDD then I would say she has a solid chance, but in this climate, that's not likely. I can easily believe she throws around heavier guys in training all the time who might not be necessarily letting her toss them but also aren't trying to injure her. I don't think Ronda would make any of these claims herself except about Bryan Caraway, and that's more emotional than logical. I have to respect her conviction in herself. It's truly remarkable.

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5/19/14 7:21 PM by trainhardtwoin

Those are sports relying on athleticism. MMA is different than just athleticism. It also reliant on technique. So technique can make up the difference between the small size/strength advantage a man at 135lbs would have. Gokor is much bigger than Rousey, but 135lb fighters aren't. Just because fighters are in UFC doesn't mean they have high level technique. Some of them are just really athletic and explosive and have been able to get by on that. I don't think Ronda Rousey will beat the likes of Uriah faber or Renan. But I think she could get some 135lb fighters.

gokudamus site profile image  

5/19/14 7:18 PM by gokudamus

lol..no...i would bet money that aldo could beat pretty much every non-major org fighter under 205

gokudamus site profile image  

5/19/14 7:16 PM by gokudamus

you make a lot of assumptions..sure if she is weaker, slower and less technical, of course she will lose..but the whole point is, is that true? you assume it is, but you dont know

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

5/19/14 7:11 PM by duckhuntgangsta

Is she the one saying any of this? My understanding is that it's other men who are talking about her. Any direct quotes from Ronda about fighting men outside of the joking about Mayweather (who she never said she would beat, just joke about crawling on the ground towards him to avoid getting punched). Unless I missed something, in all fairness, Ronda should not be the target of this ridiculous scenerio