Ronda Rousey has boldly claimed that WWE fans have more respect for wrestlers than UFC fans have for fighters.
Before heading into the wild world of professional wrestling and WWE, Ronda Rousey was arguably the most famous UFC star on the planet.
During her time in the octagon, Rousey became the first female fighter signed by UFC, the first female champion, and the first woman to headline a UFC pay-per-view. After moving to WWE the star became one of the first women alongside opponents Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch to headline WrestleMania.
Speaking during a recent gaming stream Rousey was asked which fanbase she considers to be better. The former SmackDown Women’s Champion explained that while there are exceptions, WWE fans tend to have more respect for their legends than their UFC counterparts.
“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,”
It has been announced that Ronda Rousey, who was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018, will be in action at Extreme Rules when she takes on Liv Morgan. The pair are scheduled to meet in an Extreme Rules match as the former UFC star attempts to win the title for a second time.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.