Serena Williams‘ selection as Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year on Monday sparked plenty of debate.
The differences between Williams and another star female athlete (and Olympic medalist), Ronda Rousey, were a topic of discussion on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday.
“If she didn’t lose, then she had a shot,” Patrick said of Rousey’s chances for the honor.
Rousey, a 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist, won two UFC fights in a combined 48 seconds this year before she lost for the first time in her mixed martial arts career, a knockout from Holly Holm on Nov. 15.
“I don’t find [Rousey] as polarizing as some people find Serena Williams,” Patrick said. “For whatever reason, it doesn’t seem like Serena is embraceable to people, and it seems that bothers people.”
Williams won three of four Grand Slam tournaments in 2015 and became the first female athlete in an individual sport to take the SI honor since Olympic champion speed skater Bonnie Blair shared it in 1994 and the first to take it outright since World champion middle-distance runner Mary Decker in 1983.