Chael Sonnen has claimed that Ronda Rousey’s MMA success is down to the media hyping her up.
The former UFC light-heavyweight fighter appeared as a guest on the Jim Ross podcast this week.
When asked for his thoughts on Rousey’s comeback fight with Amanda Nunes, Sonnen revealed that his opinion that the former women’s champion was overrated.
He said: “Ronda was created by the media.
“Ronda was never as good as the media said she was. She was never as big of a draw or as big of a selling piece as they said she was.
“That’s not a knock on Ronda. That’s just a fair assessment. She’s very good.”
A tough competitor
Sonnen said that judo does not prepare its competitors for combat sports, and that Rousey is the only example of success to come out of it.
He added: “Ronda is gritty, she’s tough, she’s a fantastic competitor.
“Her will and her heart is what took her to the top more than her skill set.”
You can hear what he had to say in the snippet below:
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Sonnen confessed that he did not have much knowledge of Nunes, but has heard good things out of her camp.
Nevertheless, Rousey went from destroying opponent after opponent in mere seconds to getting kicked in the mouth by Holly Holm.
Her return fight against Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30th will be very interesting to observe.