Since Ronda Rousey opined earlier this year that she could defeat “any girl” in the world in a jiu-jitsu match, more than a few people have been calling on the UFC champ to compete for Metamoris. After all, the grappling promotion has already featured UFC vets like Dean Lister, Chael Sonnen and Josh Barnett (the latter of which remains an active UFC fighter).
In fact, after Rousey made the bold statement, BJJ champion Bia Mesquita called for a grappling match with the Judoka, and argued that the bantamweight “has a lot to improve on the ground.”
Well, Rousey was in Brazil recently to attend UFC Fight Night 51, and the subject of competing for Metamoris came up once again. The 27 year-old had this to say about the possibility (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’d be happy to do a Metamoris if they paid me as much as they paid me for a UFC fight,” Rouseys said. “I don’t really have that much time.”
So, when you consider that Rousey made $120,000 for her UFC 175 win over Alexis Davis, and that doesn’t include any PPV dividends she received, chances are that kind of cash is a wee bit out of Metamoris’s range. While no one should expect Rousey to compete for the grappling promotion anytime soon, she did offer this take on the situation:
“I would happy to do Metamoris,” Rousey said. “I think it would be a really really cool idea when I’m done fighting, too, because that’s one of those sports that are kinder on the joints that you can do for a long time.”
The star also clarified that when she made her contention that she can beat any jiu-jitsu player in the world, she wasn’t doing so from a “judo versus BJJ” perspective. She was talking about herself specifically, and also noted:
“…all these girls are so offended by me thinking that I’m the best in the world and I can beat them. No one is asking why shouldn’t I be offended for them having the same exact opinion.”
Ah, see what she did there? That’s a great way of doing the old turn around.
It’s too bad really that fans likely won’t get to see Rousey compete for Metamoris in the near future, as clearly there’s some real interest there, and it would be huge for the promotion and grappling altogether.
Of course, it would be great to see a lot of other UFC fighters do some rolling for Metamoris, and for some of the lower to mid-tier athletes, it could also be an extra source of income.