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Posted on March 24, 2015 by Jack Thurman
Dana White never met a stupid media ‘feud’ that he didn’t like. The latest pointless cross disciplinary feud is between the reigning queen of women’s MMA, Ronda Rousey and the daughter of the greatest fighter to ever step foot in a ring, Laila Ali. Laila Ali is convinced that her (slightly) superior size and dubious boxing qualifications would be enough to pummel Rousey. Lest we forget, Rousey is not only an undefeated MMA fighter but a legit judoka of the highest level. Olympic medalist, fourth degree black belt, training since she was a little girl. The only way that Ali would have a chance against Rousey is if she were allowed to use a weapon.
The fact that a fight between 39 year old Ali–who hasn’t fought since 2006 and hasn’t fought regularly in over a decade–and Rousey would be a monumental mismatch hasn’t stopped Dana White from fanning the flames. He’s ‘daring’ Ali to break him off a phone call and sign up for the fightsports equivalent of bear bating. Anyway, Ali clearly wants no part of Rousey despite her insistance that ‘no woman can beat her’. Following her challenge to Rousey she ‘clarified’ by saying: “That’s like a question I’m not even going to answer because, for one, I’m not a UFC fighter and she’s not a boxer, and no woman can beat me. Period.”
She continued to insist that she didn’t *really* want to subject herself to a humiliating submission loss to a judo black belt on Twitter: “Let’s b clear…I’m retired & not interested in fighting anyone. When asked questions, I just answer them honestly. Everybody stay relaxed!”
Dana White says that if Ali ever gets serious that he’s easy to reach. Though he makes no bones about what would await her: “[Rousey is] actually the best fighter in the world. Laila Ali would be in big trouble against Ronda Rousey. Laila if you’re serious, call me. If she wants it, she’ll get it.”
Asked how long it would take Rousey to tap out Ali:
“No disrespect to Laila, but she would be in the 14-second range.”
The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t ‘call out’ judo black belts, especially if the reason you think you can win is your ‘superior size’.