If none of the women in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight division can hand Ronda Rousey her first loss inside the Octagon, then perhaps a 225-pound former NFL wide receiver can.
That man is ex-Dallas Cowboy Jesse Holley, who spoke to 105.3 THE FAN and declared that he could defeat the 135-pound champion, so long as he had two straight months of mixed martial arts (MMA) training.
His words (via TMZ):
"If you gave me two months to train, give me eight weeks to train and develop some kind of skill. I know kids that are bigger than 135 pounds. I know seventh graders that are bigger than 135 pounds. Ronda Rousey, 14-second win, incredible. I just know that if me and Ronda Rousey were in the ring, she would not stand a chance. I almost out-weigh her by 100 pounds. And I get it, she does Judo and she's dedicated her entire life to this craft. I get it. That's why I say that I would need some training for two major reasons. One, for the conditioning of a fight. Two, I wouldn't need some magical judo training; all I would need is to learn a few techniques on how to defend certain things. She's not just going to take me down and body slam me to the ground. That's just not going to happen."
For the record, Holley also said he would likely lose to featherweight contender Conor McGregor, but he wouldn't get knocked out.
Jesse played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2009-2011 after earning a tryout for the team by winning Michael Irvin's reality show "4th and Long." As for "Rowdy," she is fresh of a
12 14-second destruction of Cat Zingano at last weekend's (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) UFC 184 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Los Angeles, California.
And though many believe Rousey can handle her own against men, I think we can all agree a fight between a male and a female will never be sanctioned. Even if it were, Holley would have to wait awhile to get his hands on Ronda, as she will be out of action for a bit to film her next movie "Mile 22."
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