Ronda Rousey: "No High School Wrestler Can Beat a Judo Player"

Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterMarch 1, 2012

Strikeforce bantamweight Ronda Rousey
Strikeforce bantamweight Ronda RouseyMike Hewitt/Getty Images

Strikeforce female bantamweight Ronda Rousey is not known for mincing words. I had the privilege of hosting a live chat with Rousey for the Houston Chronicle yesterday, and she was in rare form leading up to Saturday's championship bout with Miesha Tate.

A reader asked Rousey if Tate's wrestling pedigree could possibly compare to the world-class background in judo that allowed Rousey to become the first United States female competitor to medal in the Olympics:

I don't think any high school wrestler could ever beat a judo player. That's just dumb. There's nothing she can do that I have not seen before. I have done a ton of wrestling in judo, and I've been training it a lot. She has nobody even close to my caliber. 

Rousey also responded to Tate saying that she wants to "mar Miesha's face." 

My response? If you watch her fights, she doesn't really do any damage. She can't. If she were to damage me, it would be the first time in her career. It's just idle talk. I could say that I am going to break her arm, and that's a real threat. She doesn't concern me.

Despite having less than four minutes of total time in the cage as a pro fighter, Rousey is a three-to-one favorite over Tate for Saturday's bout. According to Ronda, that's just not high enough.

I feel like I'm deserving of being an "insert huge number here" to one favorite. Four to one is probably being kind to Miesha.