UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey doesn't earn the respect she deserves because of her gender, says UFC president Dana White.
White's comments, made on UFC.com, come in the midst of a dominating run by Rousey. On July 5, Rousey dismantled Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds. The victory was the tenth professional win of Rousey's career and her fourth UFC title defense.
Rousey has been one of the most dominant champions in mixed martial arts history, but she still comes in ranked just No. 9 on the official UFC pound-for-pound list, which is determined by a media vote.
Among the fighters ranked ahead of Rousey are former champions Anderson Silva and Renan Barao, who are coming off of losses in their most recent outings.
"She's higher than number nine in the pound-for-pound. "She's undefeated, she's finished every fight in devastating fashion, but it's still a man's world, man," White said. "The media is never going to put her higher up in the rankings. The media decides it, and Ronda, being a woman, has had to fight harder. If there was a guy that was on the streak that Ronda was on, he'd be the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, like that. But because she's a woman, these guys aren't going to give her the credit she deserves."
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