Brock Lesnar on Ronda Rousey’s dominance: ‘She’s a man amongst women’
Former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar probably didn’t intend for it to sound how it came out, but may find himself unfortunately subject for criticism for the manner in which he heaped praise upon Ronda Rousey.
Speaking during an appearance on ESPN Tuesday, Lesnar went out of his way to compliment the reigning UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion while also suggesting Rousey has the advantage of fighting opponents that can’t hope to match her skills, talent and desire.
“I think she’s a super athlete in a weak division. I really do,” said Lesnar, via FOX Sports’ Damon Martin. “She is a man amongst women in the women’s division. I take my hat off to her.”
As Lesnar stated, much has been made about how there appears to be no one among Rousey’s rivals who can hold their own against her, much less actually figure out way to beat her. Unless someone comes up that can give Rousey a run for her money, it’s almost as if her legacy could be tainted.
Still, despite the arguably backhanded compliment, Lesnar insists he’s not trying to denigrate Rousey’s tremendous accomplishments.
“I’m not taking any talent away from her at all,” he said. “But I think she’s a super beast — a super freak in the women’s division.”
Discussing how Rousey manages to juggle her rapid ascension to superstardom, which includes roles in movies and writing an autobiography (with a film in development in which she’ll star as herself) and the other unimaginable demands on her time, Lesnar said he cannot believe she finds time to train.
“She’s doing an excellent job at what she’s doing,” he said. “I don’t know how she’s juggling everything — movies and this, that and the other thing, going to Brazil and kicking butt over there and doing all the stuff she’s doing. My hat’s off to you, Ronda.”
While Lesnar was nothing but exceedingly complimentary to Rousey, his comment about her being a man among women probably will rankle a few feathers. Although it was seemingly clear in light of his high praise that he meant no disrespect to Rousey whatsoever.