Ronda Rousey gives her take on which sport has the better fanbase.
Rousey has been a top star in both the world of MMA and pro wrestling, being the first woman to main event a UFC event and the first woman to main event a WrestleMania. She's been a champion in both sports and has had to deal with the good, bad, and ugly of both fanbases.
Speaking on her latest gaming stream, Rousey asked which fanbase is better; WWE or UFC?
"I would say that the WWE fans care more about the wrestlers than the UFC fans care more about the fighters. UFC fans have much less respect for the veterans and legends of the sport than WWE fans do. A lot of UFC fans are kind of like bandwagon fans in that way. The second you're not on top, you're dead to them. Where WWE fans are like, 'this is the guy that did this 20 years ago' and are still really excited whereas UFC fans now are like, 'Forrest Griffin sucks.' Uhh, you owe basically the whole sport to him. Shit like that. 'Anderson Silva sucks. GSP [Georges St-Pierre] sucks.' These are people that elevated the sport and paved the way for everybody else. I don't see UFC fans having the same respect for people that got the sport to where it is as WWE fans. I'm not saying it's completely absent, I'm just saying I see more respect for legends in WWE fans than UFC fans. There are exceptions to everything," she said.
Rousey was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018.
She is set to challenge Liv Morgan for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship at WWE Extreme Rules in an Extreme Rules match. Fans can check out the updated lineup for the show by clicking here.
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