Coach: Rousey is one of the top three pound for pound fighters in the UFC

by Kirik Jenness |

The UFC's official top-10 rankings also include a theoretical pound for pound top ten. Although the whole concept of a pound for pound ranking is subjective at best, it remains a popular topic for the hardcore fanbase to insult each other over.

With her 16 second win over Alexis Davis at UFC 175, Rousey and UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks switched places, with Rousey landing at #9:
1. Jon Jones
2. Jose Aldo
3. Cain Velasquez
4. Demetrious Johnson
5. Chris Weidman
6. Anthony Pettis
7. Anderson Silva
8. Renan Barao
9. Ronda Rousey
10. Johny Hendricks

Rousey's coach Edmond Tarverdyan recently appeared on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour, and said that is way low.

"Top three, for sure," said Taverdyan, as transcribed by Anton Tabuena for BloodyElbow. "Ronda finishes every fight. She's amazing with the skills and the hard work and what she shows in the Octagon. 16 seconds, she showed everything. Good punch, good knee, good takedown, ground and pound. This girl did everything in 16 seconds, so she is in the top three."

"The way she performed against Sara McMann also, silver medalist, and the way she controlled her on the cage. Put those combinations together, mixed it up with elbows, everything, and dropped her. It's great."

"What I see with her, yes, the fights finish early, but she's the best in the world. She's should be in the top three."

Ronda Rousey is the most dominant champion in mixed martial arts. So should she be higher than #9 in the P4P list? Is the P4P list no girlz allowed? And who is hotter, Ronda Rousey or Urijah Faber?

In related news, SB Nation recently launched their Top 10 P4P women's ranking, and Rousey easily was #1 over Cris Justino.

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PhuckfaceMcGee site profile image  

7/15/14 2:56 AM by PhuckfaceMcGee

It's not hypothetical. It's mathematical. Pounds of power= ------------------- Pounds of weightIn MMA you could argue its Pounds of performance= ---------------------------- Pounds of weightIn RRs case, she weighs the same as TJ Dillashaw, Renan Barao, Uriah Faber. Therefore the comparison between them is pure performance. There is no gender in the equation to extrapolate on or "hypothesize". For RR vs a male bantamweight it becomes simple. Can she beat them or not. My guess is.. No way.

man meets tate site profile image  

7/14/14 10:15 PM by man meets tate

P4P assumes the physiology of men and women are neutralized which is necessary regardless of gender to compare someone the likes of 5'3" 125 lbs to someone 6'4" 205 lbs in earnest physical combat. That IS a physiological difference in relation to anatomy, just not biological. It's sophomoric at best and flagrantly idiotic at worst to say you can make the physical adjustments and concessions necessary to seriously compare Mighty Mouse to Bones or Cain Velasquez in a MMA fight but those physiological concessions are limited to men only and the same variables (in addition to bone density bc the staples like strength and speed are already being controlled by comparing men several weight classes apart) cannot be extended to women. That's not how hypotheticals work.

chaplinshouse site profile image  

7/14/14 4:53 PM by chaplinshouse

if she's so damn good then just give her a battle of the sexes fight with a men's top 3 bantam.  would be the biggest bw fight ever.  they won't do it, because she'd have no chance, which means p4p is a joke

GregNoActionJackson site profile image  

7/14/14 3:12 PM by GregNoActionJackson

Hallman is a turd though, no love lost here

DoomFarmer site profile image  

7/14/14 3:06 PM by DoomFarmer

As PFP discussions weren't moronic enough already.

kevsh site profile image  

7/14/14 10:05 AM by kevsh

/facepalmI know, that's kind of lame but the first thing that came to mind.

geezar site profile image  

7/14/14 8:06 AM by geezar

man meets tate is clearly an idiot don't waste your time trying to talk sense into it

Whambo site profile image  

7/14/14 7:56 AM by Whambo

p4p is already hard enough to determine, saying "what if they weighed the same" is highly subjective. Adding another variable of "What if they were both of the same sex" gets incredibly silly.Furthermore I've never seen p4p go beyond 2 people weighing the same so get this shit out of here about "mainstream understanding" of what p4p means. Now the poll needs to take into consideration differences in sex? lol. That's giving a lot of credit to MMA media...

geezar site profile image  

7/14/14 6:57 AM by geezar

LOOOOOOOOOLI actually thought that! For real... shit..

UGCTT_CloudStrife site profile image  

7/13/14 8:25 PM by UGCTT_CloudStrife

Damn you run to every Ronda thread and defend her honor it seems.    The fact that she is on that list is a complete joke. Like others have said her being there is saying she can beat every other male UFC fighter at 125 and 135 not named mighty mouse and barao. That simply isn't true. Her being there is a hype machine plain and simple. You can't argue and say well for P4P we have to add speed and muscle and a chin and so on. If 2 fighters in the same weight class fight the one that wins is the better p4p fighter. Maybe after the womens 115 division kicks off they can make ronda the #1 womans p4p fighter and take her off the mens list and bring a little credability to it.


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