Jim Ross debates Ronda Rousey's contribution to WWE vs. Brock Lesnar's to UFC

Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar have crossed over from MMA to pro wrestling and pro wrestling to MMA, respectively, with enormous success. That much can’t be debated.

But whose contribution was greater to the sport in which they crossed over?

Well, that was a question we asked for our latest MMA Junkie Radio Daily Debate with a special guest, WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross, who went with Rousey as his answer.

“Good Ol’ JR’s” deciding factor seems to be legacy.

“Ronda ignited an entire division. She put a lot of women on her in that wagon and pulled it,” Ross said. “… Ronda brought the attention that (WWE’s female superstars) needed to get them noticed so we could see how great they were. So I believe Ronda pulled the wagon on that entire female division and created an entire division and created an environment to where we want to see more of that led by her. All of sudden we get to WrestleMania this year, and three women close the show – unheard of.”

And as far as Lesnar goes …

“What Lesnar brought to MMA was headlines, pay-per-view buy rates, but did he contribute to the legacy of the heavyweight division?” Ross said. “Is he going to be known as one of the great heavyweights of all time? Is he going to be a UFC Hall of Famer? I don’t know the answer to those things, but they’re still up in the air somewhat.”

Well, here’s the thing: MMA Junkie followers on Twitter decidedly went the other way, voting Lesnar’s impact on the UFC being greater than Rousey’s on WWE, which Ross used to point out MMA fans’ ignorance on pro wrestling.

Check out the results, via Twitter:

To hear more from Ross, watch the video above. And you can also check out the entire Daily Debate segment with Ross, “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” in the video below.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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