The tension has been building between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ronda Rousey.
After the two fighters have been exchanging jabs the past few months, Rousey upped the ante Monday by saying she could beat the undefeated boxing champion in a no-rules fight.
"Floyd is one of the best boxers of all time," Rousey, the UFC women's bantamweight champion, said during Reddit's Ask Me Anything chat. "He would definitely beat me in a boxing match. I unfortunately don't get into 'matches.' I fight for a living. In a no-rules fight, I believe I can beat anyone on this planet. Boxing is a sweet science with strict rules that I respect very much and aspire every day to improve at. But you said rule-less fight, and that's my honest answer."
This comes days after Mayweather jabbed Rousey, while promoting his Sept. 12 bout with Andre Berto.
“I’ve yet to see any MMA fighter, or other boxer, make over $300 million in 36 minutes,” Mayweather told ESPN, referring to the reported total revenues he earned after defeating Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision on May 2. "When she can do that, then call me."
Last month, upon edging Mayweather for the ESPY award for Fighter of the Year, Rousey took the opportunity to blast the boxing legend.
"I can't help but really say that I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once," Rousey said on the ESPYs red carpet. "I'd like to see you pretend not to know who I am now."
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