On ESPN2’s Sports Nation, Joe Rogan said that Ronda Rousey could beat boxer Floyd Mayweather in an MMA match. He’s right. And it wouldn’t take her more than 60 seconds to do it.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is an undefeated Boxing champion, currently with a 45-0 record.
Ronda Rousey is a medal-winning Judo expert with an undefeated 9-0 record in Mixed Martial Arts.
The controversy stems from the fact that Floyd is male and Ronda is female. Accepting that a female athlete could beat a male athlete in a similar (combat) sport is something that the average male isn’t always willing to do. What most people are missing in the argument is that Mayweather is NOT an MMA fighter, but a Boxer. Rousey is an MMA fighter. She trains in striking, Judo, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Anyone who has trained at high-level grappling should be able to beat Mayweather in an MMA fight. He would have a puncher’s chance for about 10 seconds and then the fight would go to the ground and be over. He’d have no way of stopping high level takedowns and he certainly wouldn’t be able to stop a submission expert from tapping him. That would be the same as asking a pro soccer player to play quarterback in the NFL. Or asking a pro quarterback to compete at the World Cup. A male NFL-er competing against high-level female soccer players would still be humiliated within the first minute of action, even though both of their sports involve running on a field, moving a ball around.
Not only could Rousey beat Mayweather in an MMA match, but ANY UFC fighter could beat him in an MMA match – regardless of record or gender. I would be willing to bet that any professional MMA fighter with at least one win on his/her record could do the same, though Floyd’s chances of landing a lucky punch go up as the strength of competition goes down.
Grappling is difficult to master and much more difficult to counter or avoid. Boxing is easier to learn – especially if your combat sport of choice excludes everything that isn’t Boxing. People who have never fought before think that Boxers can compete in MMA using Boxing alone. And that’s crazy. Avoiding a punch isn’t that hard. Avoiding a hip toss is. Escaping from a properly applied Guillotine Choke is nearly impossible, even for BJJ blackbelts. How hard would it be for someone who doesn’t know how to apply one in the first place to escape? Zero chance.
Joe Rogan has trained in striking and is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt under Eddie Bravo, one of the best BJJ practitioners in the world. He understands all facets of MMA, including Boxing. I would trust Joe’s opinion on this more than I would trust people who think that Floyd Mayweather has a magical power that would allow him to mysteriously avoid high-level takedowns in an MMA fight.