Originally Posted by bubkusjones
Because the only thing that separates fighters is how much money they can spend on training, right?
Hell, Ronda only made $4000/$4000 beating Julia Budd, which was her last fight before Miesha Tate. Guess she had no chance at beating Tate, right?
If Sara McMann or Alexis Davis or any other of Ronda's opponents were getting paid a half million a fight, it wouldn't have made a difference. Ronda is simply on a much higher level. You could argue that having such high pay days would attract more high-level female athletes to compete, but that doesn't guarantee that they'd be good enough to beat Ronda, or hell, last more than 16 seconds if Ronda really wanted to break them.
And that's not counting sponsorship money.
Nothing guarantees anything. I'm not saying money equals greatness. I'm saying that a little more money to the challengers, or anyone on the roster for that matter, would make it irrelevant.
And there's also no guarantee that Holm, Cyborg, or Carano would be anymore competitive than Davis was. But you would have depth in a pathetically shallow division. Right now the Women's Bantam Weight Division is like one bowling ball and nine pins.
Originally Posted by ben236
McMann and Ronda started their MMA careers at virtually the exact same time (back when Ronda was flat broke), so I dont see that as a valid excuse. Most other fighters she fought started before her. She now gets paid more than everyone else because she earned it by being dominant and marketing herself before being paid the big bucks. If other female fighters want to get paid Ronda Rousey money, then is up to them to step their game up and market themselves like RR did instead of looking for handouts.
I'm not taking ANYTHING away from what Ronda has done. But LOL at "HANDOUTS"
: something (such as food, clothing, or money) that is given to someone who is poor
: money received in exchange for work : money paid to someone for doing work