You don't pretend to not know Ronda Rousey, then call her a "he" and get away with it.
After winning the 2015 ESPY award for "Best Fighter," the UFC women's bantamweight champion took a verbal swing at the man behind that insult, Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
"I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once," she said, referring to the champion boxer's past history of domestic violence. "I'd like to see him pretend to not know who I am now."
The origin of the comments between the two fighters began over a year ago when Rousey said she could beat "Money" if they ever fought. When asked about her remarks, Mayweather alluded to her being a male fighter and said the infamous line, "I don't know who he is."
Well, that little barb ate away at the undefeated champion, but she kept quiet until winning the ESPY on Sunday night (July 13, 2015).
A media day was held for Rousey at Glendale Fight Club on Thursday (July 16, 2015) and she explained her reasons for keeping her rebuttal bottled up for so long.
"I don't let this kind of thing slide, but I'm a patient girl," Rousey said. "I wanted to respond at the most appropriate time where I thought I could make the biggest impression that I'm not the kind of chick you make snarky remarks about. And so I waited a whole year to say something. And you know what? If I didn't win 'Best Fighter' this year, I would have waited two years, or I would've waited three years."
"Rowdy" never subscribed to the idea that Mayweather didn't know who she was, especially since they were both nominated for the same award in 2014. She claims his "feigned ignorance" was an intentional dig at her.
Rousey is just as intelligent an athlete outside of the Octagon as she is inside of it. Having a great sense of the power of promotion, the former Olympian was well aware the media would be all over her comments on Mayweather, which would only benefit her upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) title fight against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on August 1, 2015 in Brazil.
"Yeah, I thought it'd get a big reaction," Rousey said. "And I got a fight to sell, so great timing, huh? I'm not dumb."
Mayweather has yet to respond to Rousey's most recent comments from the 2015 ESPY awards, and the women's bantamweight champion said, "I don't really know what he could say, but I'd be interested, but not surprised if I didn't hear anything at all."
There is a method to the madness as far as mental warfare is concerned for "Rowdy." She may not give a reaction at first, but you can rest assured she's taking down names and keeping mental notes on any negative salvo thrown in her direction.
"I've said before revenge is a dish best served cold. I try my best not to be compulsive with those kind of things, because I think a methodical enemy is the worst kind to have. People are trying to say things trying to get a white hot reaction out of me. I try to do the opposite and react at the time that benefits me the most."