[With FX’s The Ultimate Fighter 20 reality TV show in full swing, cast members Anthony Pettis and Felice Herrig give their take on 50 Cent’s contributions to boxing and his chances against music rival Rick Ross.]
What do you think of 50 Cent’s involvement in shaping boxing, he’s had some wise words for boxing after looking at UFC? Do you think he can make an impact?
FH – Yes and no. I mean, I don’t think he really knows that much about the sport. I think a lot of people would be like “Oh 50 Cent, 50 Cent!’ So he’ll bring in a different crowd. But what does 50 Cent know about boxing? Has he every had a fight? Has he ever trained a day in his life? Has he ever cornered a fight? As an athlete, or as someone involved in the sport, I’m kind of like, ‘What is he doing here?!’ But don’t tell him I said that!
AP – I think it’s possible, he has an influence. At the same, it takes a certain type of person to run an organization. With boxing, the way they’ve done and do business, it’s been around for so many years now. It’s hard to change that. When UFC came in as a sport, they got to bring in their foundation and how they wanted to handle business. I’m not sure he can change the way boxing runs its business.
Who do you think would win in a fight between Rick Ross and 50?
FH – Fiddy, he’s way more ghetto! He would go all street fight on him. I’d put my money of Fiddy.
AP – 50 Cent. He’s had boxing experience and I think he was a professional boxer before he became a rapper and Rick Ross is a little on the tubby side! I’d have to go with 50.
-as told to SOHH writer Nikita Rathod
The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned (also known as The Ultimate Fighter 20) is the twentieth installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)-produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. This season is the first to feature only female fighters and will be used to determine the first UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion