After creating a stir with his recent discussion about Ronda Rousey being able to defeat many of the men in the UFC Bantamweight division, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan is back to elaborate and defend his previous comments.
During a recent podcast, Rogan claimed that he felt Rousey could not only hang with many of the men in the UFC 135-pound weight class, but she could beat at least half of them.
“People got upset when I said that I think she could beat a lot of men in her weight class,” Rogan said on his podcast. “They don’t know. They’ve never rolled with a girl who is really good.”
Rogan continued, “Technique is paramount and her technique is so lazer sharp. If she got in there with a guy who doesn’t have that good of technique, just because he’s a man, the physical strength, the benefits of being a male, whatever advantages he may have, aren’t necessarily going to counter the technique that she has when they’re the same weight.”
Rogan does admit, however, that Rousey would have issues fighting men who are bigger than she is.
“She competes at 135 pounds,” said Rogan. “Okay, if you deal with her versus a guy at 170 [pounds] like Johny Hendricks? Jesus, of course that’s a mismatch. Johny Hendricks is a powerful, big strong man and he’d most likely beat her up.”
Rogan continued, “But talking about a guy who is her weight and then even if he’s physically stronger than her, maybe he can hit harder, but how much of a technical advantage does she have on the ground? She could easily catch you in something in a scramble. Easily. She’s one, two, three, four steps ahead of you.”
Rogan also told a quick story about how Rousey’s dominant win over Cat Zingano at UFC 184 won over another doubter.
“I was talking to [UFC veteran] Jorge Gurgel about [Rousey] at the last UFC and he’s like, ‘That’s when I bowed down to Ronda.’ That’s how he said it. Jorge is a black belt, as well. He was like, ‘Yeah, she’s got good armbars but sometimes she does things I don’t agree with. Maybe her knees are a little too wide apart. She’s catching these girls. Maybe she’s catching these girls because they’re not too technical.’ He goes, ‘When she hit that armbar on Zingano 14 seconds in, look, I gotta bow down. That’s some high level technique. Just the ability to adjust. That language that she has in her head. She’s so articulate with the language of submissions, in her case, armbars.'”