Ronda Rousey explains why she believes the headline.
Former WWE RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey has had successful runs in both the WWE and UFC. She is the longest reigning RAW Women's Champion, a UFC Hall Of Famer and is looked upon as a pioneer of the women's division in UFC. Ronda was last in action at WrestleMania 35 where she took the pin fall in the main event of the show in a Triple-Threat match involving Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. That bout was the first time that women main-evented WrestleMania and although it was a massive step in the growth of the women's evolution in sports as a whole, Ronda feels that her UFC 157 bout against Liz Carmouche was bigger.
Rousey explained that it was the outside factors of that fight against Carmouche that make her feel that way and when it comes to WrestleMania, she feels like the stars were aligned for them to succeed but there was more on the line for her and Liz in 2013.
“Uh yeah, it felt big." Ronda said of WrestleMania 35 during a sit-down interview with UFC's Megan Olivi. "I think it just has to do with the time, with perspective. Me and Liz Carmouche felt bigger, to me. Even though it was years ago when not as many people watched and it was at the Honda Center which maybe holds 16 to 20 thousand compared to WrestleMania where it was in front of like 80,000 people, millions of people watching. I just feel like me and Carmouche was the most pivotal moment where everything had to happen that way or else, women’s MMA would’ve ended before it started, and with WrestleMania, it just felt like all the stars were aligned and the whole universe was conspiring for us to succeed and I had not a single doubt in my mind that we would but for Carmouche, it was so many outside factors like the numbers had to do well, I had to win the match but I had to win the match in a exciting way." She continued, "There was just so many other different factors that I had to worry about, and I feel like the stakes were higher in a way, even though the venue and the audience was smaller.”
Liz Carmouche last competed in the octagon at UFC Fight Night: Prague in February and to check out a throwback recap of that event, click here.
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