RAW and SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch recently appeared as a guest on 106.7 The Fan with Chad Dukes for an interview and spoke at length about the influence the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has had on the world of sports entertainment / pro wrestling. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On MMA's influence on WWE and Ronda Rousey coming in from the UFC: "Ronda Rousey came in with a lot of equity and she’s an incredibly natural athlete, but this isn’t her domain, this isn’t what she’s obsessed about for years and years and years. It’s what I have. So, for me, it was a matter of saying, 'Okay, yeah, you’re naturally gifted. Yeah, you’re born tough. But that’s not nearly as impressive or long-lasting as being made tough.' Because I know I’m not the smartest, I’m not the fastest, I’m not the most athletic; but my God, I am the hardest working and I obsess about it more than anybody. So my goal was to take that championship she was holding hostage, and free it and defend it, and give it to somebody -- me -- who loves this business more than anything."
On former UFC Women's Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg taunting her and being open to doing battle against her: "Cris Cyborg, again, another very talented professional in her field, in her field. Look, if anybody loves it, if anybody’s gonna obsess about this, if anybody’s gonna put in the work, then do it. But you can’t just come from another field and expect to be handed everything. Ronda was, but then we showed her the door quite quickly a year later. So yeah, if Cris Cyborg wants to work, if she wants to get training, if she wants to pay her dues, then by all means, but if she thinks that she can step from an MMA world into my world, well then that’s a whole different kettle of fish. No less than if I just went into her field without any proper training in that field. This is a different sport, and this is a different grind that not everybody is able (to do)."
On what it would take to get Conor McGregor to join WWE now that he has retired from the UFC: "I’m not sure. I’m not sure what the future holds for Conor. But, like I said, again, if he wants to work for it, by all means. Come on, Conor. I’ll give ya a little bit of training. I’ll show you the ropes."
Check out the complete Becky Lynch interview below, or at Radio.com.
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