Ronda Rousey has drew comparisons between UFC and WWE fans (Picture: WWE/Andrea Kellaway)
Ronda Rousey has slammed UFC fans for jumping on bandwagons and insisted WWE supporters have ‘more respect’ for legends.
The current WWE SmackDown star – who will face Liv Morgan for the SmackDown Women’s Title at Extreme Rules on October 8 – was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018, and she had some strong words as she broke down her opinion of both sets of followers.
She argued: 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. S**t like that. “Anderson Silva sucks. GSP [Georges St-Pierre] sucks.” These are people that elevated the sport and paved the way for everybody else.’
Rousey, 35, claimed while ‘there are exceptions’, the way she perceives it is that wrestling fans will still hype up those that paved the way.
Ronda Rousey is a UFC Hall of Famer (Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
‘I don’t see UFC fans having the same respect for people that got the sport to where it is as WWE fans,’ she said on her YouTube channel.
‘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.’
The Baddest Woman On The Planet hasn’t always spoken quite so fondly about WWE fans in the past, particularly during her break from the business after losing the Raw Women’s Title at WrestleMania 35 before stepping away to start a family.
She previously said: ‘What am I doing it for if I’m not being able to spend my time and energy on my family, but instead spending my time and my energy on a bunch of f**king ungrateful fans that don’t even appreciate me?’
And she also hit out at fans when Bray Wyatt – who is rumoured to be making a sensational return to WWE in the very near future – was released, insisting they didn’t appreciate him when he was there.
Following an episode of Raw just days after Wyatt’s shock exit, she tweeted: ‘I’ve seen you same “fans” chanting #WeWantWyatt last night chanting “We want beach balls” over @WWEBrayWyatt performing.
‘If the @wwe treated him like he was expendable it was because you ungrateful idiots did first.’
WWE SmackDown airs Friday nights at 1am on BT Sport 1.
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