White: Rousey doesn't get deserved P4P credit as she is a woman

by Kirik Jenness |

The UFC.com/rankings" target="_blank">UFC Pound for Pound top 10 currently lists UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at #9, having just switched places with Johny Hendricks, who is now #10:
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
11. TJ Dillashaw
12. Vitor Belfort
13. Benson Henderson
14. Alexander Gustafsson
15. Gilbert Melendez

In the latest UFC.com Download, UFC president Dana White said Rousey should be ranked higher, and that she is not due to her sex.

"She's higher than number nine in the pound-for-pound," said White. "She's undefeated, she's finished every fight in devastating fashion, but it's still a man's world, man. The media is never going to put her higher up in the rankings. The media decides it, and Ronda, being a woman, has had to fight harder. If there was a guy that was on the streak that Ronda was on, he'd be the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, like that. But because she's a woman, these guys aren't going to give her the credit she deserves."

White recently said Rousey would hurt Floyd Mayweather Jr bad in a street fight. When the prize fighter was asked about Rousey earlier this week he said "I don't know who he is."

White said Mayweather's had no other choice.

"What's Floyd going to say?" said White. "That's a lose-lose situation for Floyd. For him to even acknowledge that he knows who Ronda is, and that she could possibly beat him in a fight, ya know, that's what I'd expect him to say."

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Enemies site profile image  

7/16/14 7:02 PM by Enemies

Dana knows she's not the 9th best fighter on the planet. Like somebody said already, he's using it as a promotional tool to sell her. Which I understand but it also mocks the legitimacy of such a list.

Captfireeyes site profile image  

7/16/14 6:39 PM by Captfireeyes

Seriously... I don't even know where to begin. If you want to rank Rousey as the #1 P4P best woman in the world, go for it because she is! If you want to rank her as the most dominant UFC champion, be my guest, an argument can be made. But to say Rousey is top 10 P4P with men is just silly IMO. No other sports compare men and women... But were supposed to buy into that a 135 lbs woman, beating up other women is somehow superior to every male 135er? Try to tell a hockey fan that Hayley Wickenheiser is a P4P better hockey player than Joe Thornton. If a girl with Joes size/skill played women's hockey, she'd clean house. Same with if GSP were a chick, do you not think someone as strong/skillful/well rounded as GSP would be able to game plan around the judo throw armbar? Rousey has great judo, I'll give her that. But do you seriously think if there was a heavyweight with Rousey's skill set, that they would beat Cain? I don't, as Cain has better wrestling/striking/cardio/bjj/everything except judo. That's why I don't think women should be compared. Rousey is essentially Royce Gracie at UFC 1. Do you still think someone with an identical skill set as Royce could compete with today's MMA fighters? I don't. In 2011 Dana said that women would never fight in the UFC simply because the talent isn't there. Now that there is a women who is destroying this "lack of talent", she's better than 99.9% of male MMA fighters? I know why Dana says these thing, I just don't get the people who believe it...

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7/16/14 5:23 PM by Boon8

I couldn't agree more. Although I'm sure Ronda can beat up most average men her size (and many who are bigger too), I don't think she has a chance against any man competing in the UFC's 135lb Mens division, nevermind TJ (who she's ranked higher than). A P4P ranking only kind of makes sense when you're comparing the same gender. The UFC should have a separate Mens P4P ranking, and a Womens P4P ranking (on which Rousey is #1 by a mile). If you want to combine genders, you really have to apply a gender handicap to your list, and call it something like "Mixed Pound-For-Pound" (MP4P), and in this list, you're accounting for not only a difference in size, but in gender, and basically ranking fighters in this list by overall skill set, record, dominance, winning streak, etc. If you were to say to me that this was the criteria for the UFC's current P4P list, then I'd say Ronda deserves her current place on this list, if not higher. Just my humble opinion :).

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7/16/14 5:17 PM by gokudamus

on what basis do you say its weaker? bc ronda destroyed them..thats not a valid assessment...you cant directly compare divisions anymore than you can directly compare fighters in different weightclasses...all you can do is assess how the fighter did in his or her respective divisions..and if you want to talk about overall accomplishments...ronda has destroyed an olympic silver medalist...who has that under their resume?

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7/16/14 2:30 PM by BJTT_mikerobmma

This post wins.

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7/16/14 2:11 PM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

Well done

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7/16/14 2:10 PM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

I think he does. He just only uses it as a promotional tool

StrikingMMA site profile image  

7/16/14 1:51 PM by StrikingMMA

Why do people bite on Dana's trolling?

SJax site profile image  

7/16/14 1:48 PM by SJax

Why are there so many MMA "news" stories about and why is there so much discussion over something that can't possibly ever be resolved. P4P is the stupidest fucking concept in MMA. The only greatest P4P placing that can be resolved is 1st. That would be the heavyweight champ. DJ can't beat Cain. Ronda can't beat Cain not even under the right circumstances. I guess there might be room for discussion with Jones but considering he could easily step up in weight but still drops 30+ pounds to make LHW that discussion is kind of moot. P4P is the stupidity equivalent of pissing in a strong wind to get a shower. It might get you wet but there are better things to do and better ways to get clean. Unless you are into that kind of thing.

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7/16/14 1:26 PM by dabigchet

this.to say that ronda belongs on a P4P list means that you believe that she would beat barao or dillashaw in an inter gender fight.which, i think, is ridiculous.