Ronda Rousey is still one of the most fascinating names in sports right now despite her MMA career unofficially coming to an end. The first female fighter to break out in the mainstream helped get UFC to a higher level. Rousey was arguably the biggest draw for the UFC during her run as an undefeated champion. Along with the UFC success, Ronda would get offers to join movies and other opportunities. All of them helped elevate her above the status of just a fighter. Rousey had a 12-0 undefeated streak at her peak with all submission or knock out victories. It ended in dramatic fashion as she lost her final two fights early by knock out.
Rousey’s most recent fight took place at the end of the 2016 and it appears she will not be returning to the octagon any time soon. WWE is rumored to be pursuing her to appear in the sports entertainment world. Other opportunities in the acting world make her a hot commodity even after the disappointing ending to her UFC career. Everyone had opinions about Rousey during her top UFC days as she was a polarizing figure. We'll look at various athletes from MMA and beyond to react to her. These are ten athletes that despise Ronda Rousey and five that love her.
16 Despise: Bryan Caraway
Bryan Caraway is known both for his MMA career and for dating fellow fighter Miesha Tate. Ronda Rousey actually started her drama with Caraway as part of her rivalry with Tate. The comment from Rousey claimed she could beat both Tate and Caraway. This didn’t sit well with Caraway who used the term “unintelligent bimbo” to describe Ronda. You know someone is mad when they start using sexist comments in an argument.
15 Despise: Miesha Tate
The top rival for Ronda Rousey during her UFC career was definitely Miesha Tate. These women faced off twice in UFC with Rousey winning both fights during her undefeated streak. Tate and Rousey weren’t afraid to talk trash in the spirit of competition and generally disliking each other. UFC even marketed a season of The Ultimate Fighter around Rousey and Tate’s rivalry.
14 Love: Triple H
One of the main reasons it is believed that Ronda Rousey will join WWE is her relationship with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Both Stephanie and Triple H have publicly supported Rousey and gone out of their way to make sure she has a good time at WWE shows. It was no coincidence that Rousey worked directly with Triple H and Stephanie at WrestleMania 31 when hitting the ring for a few moves.
13 Despise: Laila Ali
Laila Ali is known for being the daughter of Muhammad Ali and a great boxer in her own right. The tension between boxing and mixed martial arts reached a boiling point when both Ali and Ronda Rousey exchanged insults. Laila started it when claiming Rousey was too small to handle her in a real fight and compared Ronda to her three-year-old daughter for the parting shot.
12 Despise: Bethe Correia
Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia delivered some of the most vicious trash talk towards Ronda Rousey that crossed the line from competition to genuine disdain. Correia referred to Rousey as a phony that would turn to drugs after losing. One stiff comment featured Correia stating that she hoped Ronda wouldn’t commit suicide after their fight. Rousey’s father actually committed suicide after an injury that left him paralyzed. Dana White claimed that Correia knew about the incident when making the comment.
11 Love: Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is one of the top names in the sports world after the past two decades of success in the NBA. Sports fans and sports media appreciate hearing Bryant’s input on any of the top stories in the sports world. Bryant spoke out about Ronda Rousey following her first UFC loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193.
10 Despise: Dennis Hallman
MMA fighter Dennis Hallman is one of the names from the UFC to speak out against Ronda Rousey. Drama ensued on The Ultimate Fighter 18 leading to Hallman accusing Rousey of being a prima donna. According to Hallman, Rousey was “severely immature.” The accusations saw Hallman claim Ronda was rude to the producers of the show and took out anger on them due to the coaches not getting paid on time.
9 Despise: Tank Abbott
Former UFC fighter and WCW wrestler Tank Abbott expressed a very weird disdain of Ronda Rousey that came out of nowhere. Most of the people to have drama with Rousey saw it start with both parties taking shots at each other leading to escalation. This situation was basically just Abbott insulting Rousey and making sexist comments out of resentment towards her success.
8 Love: Serena Williams
Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey have been compared quite often during Ronda’s undefeated streak. Both women were the biggest names in their sports that have been dominated by men for many years. The success of Williams and Rousey each took tennis and MMA respectively to bigger platforms with fans tuning in to see their dominance.
6 Despise: Sasha Banks
WWE is teasing the potential rivalry between the Four Horsewomen of WWE facing off with the Four Horsewomen from NXT. The four women from WWE’s unofficial faction are Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bayley. On the other side, the MMA Four Horsewomen are best friends Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. Both factions showed signs of tension at the Mae Young Classic.
5 Despise: Paige VanZant
Paige VanZant became one of Ronda Rousey’s enemies through the petty world of UFC gossip. The actions of VanZant congratulating Holly Holm for defeating Rousey caused tension between the two. Rousey allegedly confronted VanZant in person for congratulating her opponent. According to VanZant, the situation was “shocking and totally unnecessary.”
4 Love: Conor McGregor
An unlikely ally for Ronda Rousey is fellow MMA Superstar Conor McGregor. Rousey’s undefeated streak and McGregor’s momentum saw him replace Ronda as the face of UFC in recent years. Many people expected McGregor to have an issue with Rousey considering he loves to talk trash on just about anyone in the sport and beyond.
3 Despise: Cris Cyborg
Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey never actually had a fight in UFC, but that didn’t stop them from forming a rivalry. Following a suspension for using PEDs, Cyborg wanted to face off with Rousey. It was only fitting that Ronda made several insulting comments towards Cyborg for her steroid use. A potential fight was discussed but Cyborg’s inability to drop a weight class prevented it.
2 Despise: Floyd Mayweather
One of the highest profile war of words between Ronda Rousey and another athlete featured boxer Floyd Mayweather. The past incidents of Mayweather committing domestic abuse and refusing to apologize for it made him an enemy of the MMA fighter. Rousey called out Floyd saying it would be nice for him to get beat up by a woman for once instead of the opposite as she challenged him to a fight.
1 Love: The Rock
As discussed earlier, Ronda Rousey is a huge professional wrestling fan. The nickname “Rowdy” was added to her name as a tribute to her favorite childhood wrestler Roddy Piper. Rousey’s passion for wrestling and her desire to get into acting made her form a friendship with The Rock. Whether you know him as The Rock or Dwayne Johnson, he's the biggest crossover star from a sports based world into mainstream acting.
Rousey and Johnson worked together in the seventh installment of the Fast & the Furious franchise titled Furious 7. It only made sense they would unite again for a segment at WrestleMania 31 where they decimated Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. There have been rumors of an actual mixed tag match between all four parties at a future WrestleMania. That wouldn’t be too surprising considering Rock and Rousey are pals that have nothing but respect for each other.
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