UFC president Dana White says Ronda Rousey really did have an aura similar to Mike Tyson.
Fansided – After Ronda Rousey got knocked out at UFC 193 by Holly Holm, her detractors came out of the woodworks to celebrate. She did receive some positive responses from notable people like Mike Tyson, George Foreman, and shockingly, even Floyd Mayweather.
While talking about the response to Rousey’s loss on TMZ, UFC president Dana White said it was more evident than ever that Rousey carried the same aura that Mike Tyson did.
“I was just saying this morning we used to call her, she was our version of Mike Tyson, she had that Mike Tyson aura about her and now losing you see that she really did,” White said, via Fox Sports. “She really did have that Mike Tyson aura.
“She’s a fierce competitor. Losing is not even in her vocabulary. Never crosses her mind in any way, shape or form did she think she was going to lose that fight so now she has to overcome this, get back in the gym, and come back.”
The Tyson-Rousey comparison was a frequent part of the narrative surrounding the former bantamweight champion before her shocking loss. Her run of dominant finishes drew comparisons to Tyson’s prime when he was frequently knocking out opponent’s quickly.
It is interesting to see White use the fallout of Rousey’s loss to further cement the comparison, saying that she draws ire from fans the same way Tyson did.
“At the end of the day, we found out Muhammad Ali was human, Mike Tyson was human, Ronda Rousey is human,” White said. “Everybody’s human and in every sport people win and lose. I think the story now is how will Ronda come back from this?”