LarryBrownSports- During an appearance on SportsCenter, Lesnar was asked about Rousey’s dominance and if she needs someone to step up and actually test her limits in a fight. Lesnar referred to Rousey as “a man amongst women,” which isn’t sitting well with everyone.
“She’s a super athlete in a weak division,” he said. “I think she is a man amongst women in the women’s division. I take my hat off to her. She’s doing an excellent job at what she’s doing. I don’t know how she’s juggling everything — movies, this, that, the other thing and going to Brazil and kicking butt over there. My hat’s off to you, Ronda. I’m not taking any talent away from her at all. I think she’s a super beast in the women’s division.”
Well, I know it's technically not politically correct to refer to Ronda Rousey, a woman, as a man just because she is good at something. I get that that is frowned upon. However, let's be honest, in terms of women's MMA, she's certainly not a woman amongst women. Whats the next step up? Should we call her a tranny amongst women? That seems like a reasonable compromise, but I feel like it might upset the increasingly sensitive transgender community. I have got to agree with Brock Lesnar here, the most reasonable label is a "man amongst women".
I know this is damn near impossible in this day and age, but let's take gender out of it for a second. Ronda Rousey is like the AHL player that scores 50+ goals a year, but would only be a 4th line player if promoted to the NHL. She's the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback thats signs on as undrafted free agent. Great college player, below average pro player. There are two leagues and one is clearly superior to the other. It just so happens that those leagues are predicated on gender. Ronda Rousey doesn't belong fighting women because she is so clearly superior to all of them, but if she stepped in the ring with men she could probably only compete with the lowest level of male MMA athletes. Still, like it or not, saying that she could compete at all is quite the compliment. I can still maintain that everyone is equal, but it would be a flat out fabrication to say that women, as a whole, can compete with men athletically. If they could then the NBA and NFL, which have recently started hiring female coaches, would have already taken the steps necessary to give them their fair chance of making a roster. If Ronda Rousey were to begin fighting people that were her equal in terms of ability she would be fighting against men. Look no further than the average length of her fights against women. Call it discrimination. Call it sexism. Call it whatever the fuck you want. Ronda Rousey's peers in Mixed Martial Arts have penises, so yes, she is a man amongst women, even if she is every bit a woman outside of her athletic distinction. It is the same concept as calling Calvin Johnson 'Megatron' or LeBron James 'a freak of nature'. They are too good to simply be men. Ronda Rousey is too good to simply be a female MMA star. Don't let society's proclivity for outrage cloud you of that fact.