Top flyweight Ian McCall is growing increasingly frustrated having to hear time and again that undefeated women's 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey can beat half the male fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight division.
A claim Joe Rogan recently made during this interview.
It's not that "Uncle Creepy" doesn't recognize "Rowdy's" skills as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, but trying to put her in the same light as other male UFC champions just doesn't fly with him. And when he hears people says how the Judoka can hang with men inside the Octagon, it only aggravates the flyweight contender even further.
"Ronda's definitely not the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. She's the best woman on the planet. That's cute. Cool. Well, we're doing men things. Different. I get it, you're really good and all, but to compare her to Jon (Jones) or Jose (Aldo) or Demetrious (Johnson) or Cain (Velasquez) ... come on, any of the champions. It's a different world. I don't know. It just frustrates me."
He continued by saying that no "good" man would lose to the women's bantamweight champion, himself included.
"They say all these comparisons to her fighting men. Even like Joe [Rogan]. I need to have a conversation with Joe about it because she's not beating up a man. I'm sorry, it's not going to happen. A good man will not lose to Ronda Rousey. I could put a judo gi on, [she's] an Olympian. You're not throwing me. It's not going to happen. I will throw you on your head. Pretty simple. And you weigh more than me. I can't compartmentalize it. It doesn't make sense to me. I know it's all talk. They compare her to [former heavyweight boxer Mike] Tyson. She's dangerous, she's good. I get it, but it's just silly."
Not even her recent 14-second finish over Cat Zingano at UFC 184 can convince McCall otherwise.
Unfortunately for Ian, as long as "Rowdy" continues to blitz through her foes, the comparisons will continue; despite the fact that nothing will ever be done to prove -- or disprove -- the numerous claims that Rousey can hang with the opposite gender inside the cage.