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Laila Ali has publicly commented on her dislike of Ronda Rousey and the special treatment she has received, often thought of as the greatest female fighter of all time.

She just sat down recently with Chael Sonnen (an infamous trash talker in his own right) to air out even more of her opinions regarding the UFC fighter.

Does Laila think Ronda has a shot at defeating Holly?

In short, not really.

"I personally do not think that she'll beat Holly Holm [in a rematch]. I think that if she fought her again, then the same thing and worse will happen. Holly Holm was just getting warmed up. You know what I'm saying? She was just getting warmed up. She had nerves, too. This was her big moment."

Ali said the first time she saw Ronda fight was in November when she defeated Bethe Correia in 34 seconds.

"I noticed right away when the fight started, I was like, 'She doesn't have any head movement. She came straight in and she got busted in the face so many times where she had a bloody nose.
"I saw that the girl she fought wasn't really a challenge for her, but I was able to see her mistakes. Not moving your head is a big mistake when you're getting into the ring with someone who has a boxing background."

Laila doesn't think Ronda necessarily deserved all the accolades she got

"People hype fighters up, but at the end of the day, what did Ronda Rousey have? 12 fights, something like that. And they're calling her the best fighter ever, and I see that she truly believes that about herself.
"You're only as good as the opposition you face. There were some girls out there I never had the opportunity to face. But I saw Ronda Rousey kind of act like she really does believe that she's the best female fighter in the world. I was thinking, wow, she hasn't even faced some of the other girls that are considered to be the best."

Her response to Ronda losing to Holly Holm was one of shock but not disbelief, if that makes any sense.

"I was like, whoa," Ali said. "I didn't think it was gonna happen like that, but I did know that Holly Holm was going to win."

Ali has respect for Holly Holm, FWIW

While talking about the now highly-anticipated UFC 196, Laila said she'll be rooting for Holly against Miesha Tate.

"This is her moment," Ali said. "She can make way more money and get way more exposure in the UFC. I'm happy for her."


If Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm fight again, who wins?

(Via: MMAFighting)


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