Plenty of people have been voicing their opinion on Ronda Rousey’s shocking loss to Holly Holm, and now former boxer Laila Ali has weighed in. Although she understands the difficulty of fighting more than some of Ronda’s haters, Laila still totally slammed Ronda! See what she said!
Ronda Rousey, 28, is facing quite the criticism after getting quite the beating from Holly Holm, 34, in the UFC 193 fight on Nov. 14 as she was highly favored to win. But while some people are saying she deserved it because of her attitude in and outside of the ring, retired boxer Laila Ali, 37, pinpointed exactly why she thought Ronda lost — she’s not the world’s best fighter!
Going into the fight against Holly, Ronda was undefeated and considered one of the world’s most dominant athletes. As an undefeated boxer herself, Laila certainly knows what Ronda had on the line, but also recognizes that Holly’s second round knockout meant one thing: Her reputation might have been flawed! “In order to be the best in the world, you definitely don’t EVER get beat up like that in your prime, period,” Laila told TMZ.
While Ronda’s epic defeat came as a shock to many, Laila added that Holly’s ability to take Ronda down didn’t shock her. “She’s a talented boxer, she’s a world champion, she’s got MMA background, and obviously was no chump,” she said. “So I’m excited for her and hopefully she’ll get the exposure she needs to take her career to the next level….it’s obvious who the better fighter was.”
Yikes! Clearly Laila didn’t think Ronda was all she was cracked up to be! Even before Laila shared her harsh thoughts on Ronda’s loss, an insider revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Ronda’s defeat shattered her pride. Unfortunately for Ronda, a diss from a fellow fighter probably won’t help her get over it any quicker!
In fact, when Ronda broke her silence on her loss on Nov. 15, she revealed that she’s going to take a little time before returning to fighting. While she didn’t mention anything about a rematch with Holly, UFC president Dana White suggested that we will definitely be seeing these two fight once more. But Laila doesn’t think that’s a good idea!
“I don’t think she should have a rematch with Holly Holm because I think it would go the same way the second time, probably worse,” she said. Only time will tell whether Ronda will want to face Holly again, but after Laila’s comments, we’re thinking Ronda will want to prove that she really is the best in the world!
Do you agree with Laila, HollywoodLifers? Was Ronda’s loss shocking to you, or is she clearly not the best in the world? Share your thoughts below!
— Taylor Weatherby