Karyn Bryant and Kenny Florian Answer The Question, “Is Ronda Rousey A Role Model?” On FS1’s “Speak For Yourself”

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After suffering her 2nd loss in a row, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey has been the most hotly debated topic in MMA. Our own Karyn Bryant and UFC Tonight’s Kenny Florian join Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock for today’s “Speak For Yourself” show to share their thoughts on whether or not Ronda Rousey should be considered a great role model.

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287 Comments on "Karyn Bryant and Kenny Florian Answer The Question, “Is Ronda Rousey A Role Model?” On FS1’s “Speak For Yourself”"

  1. a role model ….. no … she was the opposit …. how can you even propose such a question ? your chracter shows when you are down , when its tough ….when you loose , not when you win and when everything is rosy

  2. dana said no way at first because he believed there was no real money in it. ronda changed that mentality. as they say, follow the money. now he says its the beat decision hea ever made because it makes the company moooore moooney.

  3. dana said no way at first because he believed there was no real money in it. ronda changed that mentality. as they say, follow the money. now he says its the beat decision hea ever made because it makes the company moooore moooney.

  4. dana said no way at first because he believed there was no real money in it. ronda changed that mentality. as they say, follow the money. now he says its the beat decision hea ever made because it makes the company moooore moooney.

  5. love Whitlock as usual the only 1 to see it for what it is unlike Kenny who commentates with blinders and love for the sport and everyone in it and the other 2 who are trained no guts "journalists" and would never say boo against a pushed narrative!

  6. love Whitlock as usual the only 1 to see it for what it is unlike Kenny who commentates with blinders and love for the sport and everyone in it and the other 2 who are trained no guts "journalists" and would never say boo against a pushed narrative!

  7. who is this woman, the media always hyped her, and understandable, UFC is a bussiness and they need to sell their fights. She was hyped and so is Connor, but Connor knows how to sell a fight and back it up, even when he has lost

  8. who is this woman, the media always hyped her, and understandable, UFC is a bussiness and they need to sell their fights. She was hyped and so is Connor, but Connor knows how to sell a fight and back it up, even when he has lost

  9. I don't no why they keep trying to give her so much credit for being a woman fighter Ronda Rousey was over hype and didn't create women fighting Lucia rijker Laila Ali Ann Wolfe Christy Martin all these ladies would've destroyed Rousey no matter what the fighting discipline is!!!!

  10. I don't no why they keep trying to give her so much credit for being a woman fighter Ronda Rousey was over hype and didn't create women fighting Lucia rijker Laila Ali Ann Wolfe Christy Martin all these ladies would've destroyed Rousey no matter what the fighting discipline is!!!!

  11. Everybody says fire coach.. when she was 12-0 coach was the best in the world.. its more ronda herself she tried to evolve by hirering edmund as a striker coach, but she had to stick whit grapli g/judo and dump her ego

  12. Everybody says fire coach.. when she was 12-0 coach was the best in the world.. its more ronda herself she tried to evolve by hirering edmund as a striker coach, but she had to stick whit grapli g/judo and dump her ego

  13. Ronda didn't sign to be ROLE MODEL but with fame ppl FOLLOW the model it's set by their idol and RR wasn't a good one. Great contribution of Rousey is the POPULARIZATION OF WMMA. But she is NOT a PIONEER EITHER: Megumi Fugii, Tara LaRosa, Julie Ketze, Cris Cyborg, Marloes Coenen, Gina Carano, Tonya Evinger etc were on MMA way beffore and opened doors. It was through one that Ronda came in. RR acted as she was bigger than MMA. In 2 fights Rousey discovered that it was hype, she's human and WMMA evolved.

  14. Ronda didn't sign to be ROLE MODEL but with fame ppl FOLLOW the model it's set by their idol and RR wasn't a good one. Great contribution of Rousey is the POPULARIZATION OF WMMA. But she is NOT a PIONEER EITHER: Megumi Fugii, Tara LaRosa, Julie Ketze, Cris Cyborg, Marloes Coenen, Gina Carano, Tonya Evinger etc were on MMA way beffore and opened doors. It was through one that Ronda came in. RR acted as she was bigger than MMA. In 2 fights Rousey discovered that it was hype, she's human and WMMA evolved.

  15. Ppl don't see TIME PASSES BY: Ronda was successful because not only women in UFC, but Women''s MMA as a whole was in the beginning and VERY FEW women were all-rounded or trained in specific MMA gyms back then. There was plenty room for being great at ONE thing and get away with it. THINGS CHANGED – every female fighter has a strongest point but they're getting more and more skillful, all-rounded, better conditioned, better trained and coached.

  16. Ppl don't see TIME PASSES BY: Ronda was successful because not only women in UFC, but Women''s MMA as a whole was in the beginning and VERY FEW women were all-rounded or trained in specific MMA gyms back then. There was plenty room for being great at ONE thing and get away with it. THINGS CHANGED – every female fighter has a strongest point but they're getting more and more skillful, all-rounded, better conditioned, better trained and coached.

  17. There is no doubt that Dana White took a woman that was cute to alot of me outside of the ring and market her. Dana White GAVE her the first title belt because she was in Strikeforce not UFC. So Ronda was a marketing tool… put her against average chicks to win against. Only one who wasnt average was Miesha Tate

  18. There is no doubt that Dana White took a woman that was cute to alot of me outside of the ring and market her. Dana White GAVE her the first title belt because she was in Strikeforce not UFC. So Ronda was a marketing tool… put her against average chicks to win against. Only one who wasnt average was Miesha Tate

  19. everyone saying there would never be women in UFC if it wasn't for Ronda. smh i think there would be women in UFC by now with or without her, she was just the first one to convince Dana to do it

  20. everyone saying there would never be women in UFC if it wasn't for Ronda. smh i think there would be women in UFC by now with or without her, she was just the first one to convince Dana to do it

  21. this kind of people are roll model here: ronda,Cyrus…..what to learn ? wake up and open your eyes in time. now they blame the couches for not striking. wtf. she was named champion without even fighting. I want to se rematch soon is possible. I want to see her again. don't judge me. she was trying to suicide anyway. give her a rematch Dana. f your hype. I will never buy your paper view for fighters like ronda.diaz.and other arogants

  22. this kind of people are roll model here: ronda,Cyrus…..what to learn ? wake up and open your eyes in time. now they blame the couches for not striking. wtf. she was named champion without even fighting. I want to se rematch soon is possible. I want to see her again. don't judge me. she was trying to suicide anyway. give her a rematch Dana. f your hype. I will never buy your paper view for fighters like ronda.diaz.and other arogants

  23. how could you create something that was already created?, is like saying cristobal colon discover america, when the indios already were there, just because dana white said that she is the greatest you believe that?, if ronda is the one that created it, i'm michael jackson

    • +eric349 it's all mma, so I don't see how rousey started any of these unless your just saying for Dana White. moreover it further proves that Rousey isn't special, just had better promotion. She was the face of Womens MMA, so Gina opened these doors not Rousey.

  24. Ronda did not create women fighting smh even in the UFC which people are still never clear in stating. They like the muddy water in which they speak. Women could of easily been in the UFC many years before Rousey even chose to fight in MMA. In fact for intelligent people Women's fighting at the very least was big when Cris Cyborg fought Gina Carano. UFC is way late in jumping onto a bandwagon which had already been moving, and had circled the world several times already. And another ridiculously false thing people say is she is the best ever? Not only is it not true before her- let alone after, but even when she was on a roll, her skills were far below overall than two or three dozen fighters fighting during the same period as her. Invicta, Amateur MMA rings and cages the world over could actually strike, take punishment, submit and fight off submissions from every angle, and were not evil in the way they liked to talk about the injuries that may have occurred, or intentionally in Rousey's case we have to be real as she talked about breaking arms ahead of time as well as after in a satisfactory way. Role model? SMH

  25. Ronda did not create women fighting smh even in the UFC which people are still never clear in stating. They like the muddy water in which they speak. Women could of easily been in the UFC many years before Rousey even chose to fight in MMA. In fact for intelligent people Women's fighting at the very least was big when Cris Cyborg fought Gina Carano. UFC is way late in jumping onto a bandwagon which had already been moving, and had circled the world several times already. And another ridiculously false thing people say is she is the best ever? Not only is it not true before her- let alone after, but even when she was on a roll, her skills were far below overall than two or three dozen fighters fighting during the same period as her. Invicta, Amateur MMA rings and cages the world over could actually strike, take punishment, submit and fight off submissions from every angle, and were not evil in the way they liked to talk about the injuries that may have occurred, or intentionally in Rousey's case we have to be real as she talked about breaking arms ahead of time as well as after in a satisfactory way. Role model? SMH

  26. Karyn Bryant is awesome as always.
    Btw how can anyone going into the cage being called a coward? Maybe a some fighters should do something else depending on how they handle losses.
    When it comes to Ronda she have opened the door for other female fighters in the whole UFC, the media, movies and so on. Give her credit for what she has done no matter what you think about her attitude.

  27. Karyn Bryant is awesome as always.Btw how can anyone going into the cage being called a coward? Maybe a some fighters should do something else depending on how they handle losses.When it comes to Ronda she have opened the door for other female fighters in the whole UFC, the media, movies and so on. Give her credit for what she has done no matter what you think about her attitude.

  28. Good debate. Have to agree that Rousey is something of a hype job but there are many variables. For me she's a notable female MMA not a pioneer nor a legend. Her reactions since losing and her general demeanor disappearing after the Holms defeat etc further add to myth rather than the legend column.

  29. Good debate. Have to agree that Rousey is something of a hype job but there are many variables. For me she's a notable female MMA not a pioneer nor a legend. Her reactions since losing and her general demeanor disappearing after the Holms defeat etc further add to myth rather than the legend column.

  30. Connor loses and he wants to get back in the ring as soon as possible. Ronda loses and she takes a year off and thinks about killing herself. If she were a guy she wouldn't be getting so many people defending her spineless nature.

    • Horatio Valdés Ronda was actually taking a year off regardless if she won or lost to holly to work on other projects she had going on she didn't take a year off because she lost I don't get why people think that the only thing that's correct is yes she did contemplate suicide but she knew before hand she was taking a year off she talked about it from the beginning of that year about needing time off

  31. Connor loses and he wants to get back in the ring as soon as possible. Ronda loses and she takes a year off and thinks about killing herself. If she were a guy she wouldn't be getting so many people defending her spineless nature.

    • Horatio Valdés Ronda was actually taking a year off regardless if she won or lost to holly to work on other projects she had going on she didn't take a year off because she lost I don't get why people think that the only thing that's correct is yes she did contemplate suicide but she knew before hand she was taking a year off she talked about it from the beginning of that year about needing time off

  32. Its obvious the other two other than Florian and Bryant don't know WTF theyre talking about. Ronda didnt create a womens division. There was already women fighting in Strikeforce and in Japan. Dana White decided on bringing women in because of Ronda's popularity. Its slightly different. Also, he talked about resumes. Ronda was a bronze judo medalist in the olympics, dominating against the ranked women in her division, undefeated up until her last two fights. Dont get me wrong….she had holes in her game most people overlooked because she was winning. And yes her two losses were bad. But the hype for the most part was real. The worst hype that ever happened is she got one knockout on Bethe and all of a sudden shes got 'world class boxing'. Ugh.

    But her resume is still better than any other women in the world. (this coming from NOT a ronda fan either)

  33. Its obvious the other two other than Florian and Bryant don't know WTF theyre talking about. Ronda didnt create a womens division. There was already women fighting in Strikeforce and in Japan. Dana White decided on bringing women in because of Ronda's popularity. Its slightly different. Also, he talked about resumes. Ronda was a bronze judo medalist in the olympics, dominating against the ranked women in her division, undefeated up until her last two fights. Dont get me wrong….she had holes in her game most people overlooked because she was winning. And yes her two losses were bad. But the hype for the most part was real. The worst hype that ever happened is she got one knockout on Bethe and all of a sudden shes got 'world class boxing'. Ugh.

    But her resume is still better than any other women in the world. (this coming from NOT a ronda fan either)

  34. Jason Whitlock was right Ronda Rousey was the Great White Hope and also Conor Mcgregor who is way better talent. When the media have to constantly bring Floyd Mayweather name up and constantly had debates about fight with these two White fighters then obviously it's racially motivated.

  35. Jason Whitlock was right Ronda Rousey was the Great White Hope and also Conor Mcgregor who is way better talent. When the media have to constantly bring Floyd Mayweather name up and constantly had debates about fight with these two White fighters then obviously it's racially motivated.

  36. So i guess everyone forgot about Gina Carano

    who simply ran out of opponents since the division was like 7 women max. The only difference was UFC was less popular during Gina's time as a whole for men and women.

    but still rousey is more like Gina 2.0 rather than the "womens Pioneer"

  37. So i guess everyone forgot about Gina Caranowho simply ran out of opponents since the division was like 7 women max. The only difference was UFC was less popular during Gina's time as a whole for men and women.but still rousey is more like Gina 2.0 rather than the "womens Pioneer"

  38. Not sure where Whitlock is getting the "Great White Hope" thing from. As far as I know (and I could be wrong) there's not a lot of black girls fighting in the UFC….Yet. I wonder what will happen when the sistas start getting into MMA? That's going to be interesting. It's going to happen eventually.

  39. Not sure where Whitlock is getting the "Great White Hope" thing from. As far as I know (and I could be wrong) there's not a lot of black girls fighting in the UFC….Yet. I wonder what will happen when the sistas start getting into MMA? That's going to be interesting. It's going to happen eventually.

  40. idk man, I have a friend who's a bit of an insider in ufc, the whole "fought the best that was available" statement doesn't hold much weight given some of the info he's given me, apparently she's ducked a few great fighters up until holly Holm lol

  41. The truth is Ronda Rousey was crowned too early. I laughed when she compared herself to Mike Tyson. Let's face it, before the 2 last losses, she had only won 12 fights. 12 fights?! And she was the queen already? Tyson won 50 fights out of 58 and 44 by KO and that includes his desperate fights towards the end of his career.

    • Boxing and MMA are totally different, much easier to lose. Also men can't be compared to women, if she said that she said something stupid. Only way those 2 can be compared is the way their career's plummeted after losing their first fight

  42. idk man, I have a friend who's a bit of an insider in ufc, the whole "fought the best that was available" statement doesn't hold much weight given some of the info he's given me, apparently she's ducked a few great fighters up until holly Holm lol

  43. The truth is Ronda Rousey was crowned too early. I laughed when she compared herself to Mike Tyson. Let's face it, before the 2 last losses, she had only won 12 fights. 12 fights?! And she was the queen already? Tyson won 50 fights out of 58 and 44 by KO and that includes his desperate fights towards the end of his career.

  44. It's great to see the sport grow in popularity since it's clearly being talk about in mainstream sports media. But it would be nice for Jason Whitlock to be more humble and educated. He's trying to make a case/ debate about a sport he knows nothing about. He just hoped on the bandwagon due to Rousey and McGregor. Please give humble opinions Jason you're not an expert when it comes to MMA. Learn first then preach. You're not a Kennys or Karyn.

  45. It's great to see the sport grow in popularity since it's clearly being talk about in mainstream sports media. But it would be nice for Jason Whitlock to be more humble and educated. He's trying to make a case/ debate about a sport he knows nothing about. He just hoped on the bandwagon due to Rousey and McGregor. Please give humble opinions Jason you're not an expert when it comes to MMA. Learn first then preach. You're not a Kennys or Karyn.

    • That was one realy stupid argument she made. The only double standard there was in Rouseys favour, as she disgraced core principles of martial arts with her bevahour that would have been unacceptable in male fighters. And if looks didn't matter in fighting i wonder why the biggest male stars like Chael, JBJ, GSP and Conor are all pretty boys.

  46. putting someone in an armbar isn't the same thing as destroying them. Ronda was great and amazing initially but she didnt evolve with the mma game. Women fighters improved and caught up with her and surpassed her. ronda shouldn't beat herself up so much though. She'll be fine over time

  47. putting someone in an armbar isn't the same thing as destroying them. Ronda was great and amazing initially but she didnt evolve with the mma game. Women fighters improved and caught up with her and surpassed her. ronda shouldn't beat herself up so much though. She'll be fine over time

  48. Where are the woman she beat now? Instead of saying she could beat Floyd she could have worked with him and he could have not only help her with boxing but making more money. If they teamed up they would have made a lot of money.

  49. Where are the woman she beat now? Instead of saying she could beat Floyd she could have worked with him and he could have not only help her with boxing but making more money. If they teamed up they would have made a lot of money.

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