Rousey: I could beat Cain

During an interview with Spanish-language newspaper Hoy, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was asked if she could beat UFC men’s heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Rousey replied in the affirmative.

“In any given moment, under the right circumstance, I think it is possible,” said Rousey, “You cannot tell me that it is physically impossible. It is possible that in any given moment that I could beat him. I simply believe in my possibilities.”

What an answer.

While it is fun to debate whether she could or could not, we will never know. What we do know is that nothing is impossible in sports because the outcome is undetermined until it isn’t. Scientific laws exist because they can be proven definitely; sports are not laws and cannot be proven. Even if the match up was fought 99 times and Velasquez won all 99, the 100th fight – while 99% in Velasquez’s favor – is not proven until it’s over. And at any point, Velasquez could be get caught by a punch or kick, in a submission, slip on a pool of sweat; who knows? Anything could happen. That’s why we love sports.

So while we can chuckle and say Rousey is one confident – maybe delusional – competitor, she isn’t wrong.


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