In Search of Fighters For Ronda Rousey

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The women’s bantamweight division wasn’t easy to create. Female fighters had to work really hard to make it matter and Ronda Rousey set out to prove to Dana White that it was worth the effort. Sure enough, the drama between Rousey and Miesha Tate helped bring attention to the sport, even if it was off to a negative start.

Since then, Ronda has had her fair share of disappointments, but she’s trudged through them knowing that in the end, there would be good results for women in the UFC. For example, she thought the other head coach for The Ultimate Fighter 18 would be Cat Zingano. She wasn’t informed when they switched her out for her rival, Miesha Tate, so she felt this was done intentionally and behind her back. If you watched the season, then you know this rivalry saw new dimensions as Tate pulled pranks to get under Rousey’s skin, and a few times they inched towards a public brawl but Rousey managed to keep her cool as much as possible. There were plenty of in-your-face moments and middle fingers flying around, but still, the season gave us a look at some great female fighters like Jessamyn Duke, Julianna Pena, Roxanne Modafferi, Raquel Pennington, Sarah Moras, Shayna Baszler, Peggy Morgan, and Jessica Rakoczy.

Now, when it comes to Ronda being the women’s bantamweight champion, it’s hard to see who could possibly be a worthy opponent at this point. She’s already shown that she can take even an Olympian fighter down in less than a minute, so what hope do any of the current fighters have if they want a shot at the title?

This is why conversations about Chris Justiane and Gina Carano continue to happen. The only thing keeping Rousey and Cyborg from fighting is their difference in weight. Cyborg may not want to cut ten more pounds to get to Rousey’s weight level, and it’s not likely that Rousey wants to add ten pounds to her own frame. Cyborg is currently fighting with Invicta and has never fought at 135 pounds, but apparently will be giving it a try in a fight soon. If she can fight at that weight, it’s possible she’ll be able to go against Rousey. Rousey can possibly also look forward to a fight with Cat Zingano and Holly Holm, the boxing legend who was recently signed. If you’re still holding your breath for Gina Carano, don’t bother. The rumors are too much hype with no substance.

In the end, whoever comes along to fight Rousey is only going to help make the sport even more dramatic and mainstream. People do care to see what happens to the champion and we do want to see an awesome fight, one that shows us Rousey’s boundaries and weaknesses and how she can possibly bounce back from any unexpected moves from new opponents.

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The Four Horsewomen Visit Summer Slam and Help Stephanie McMahon Take The Ice Bucket Challenge

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Anyone watching WWE’s Summer Slam got a glimpse of Ronda Rousey, her crew, and Jon Jones enjoying their favorite wrestlers in the ring. Rousey has been very open about what a huge fan she is of professional wrestling. We even wondered for a while if she was tempted to leave the UFC in order to pursue a career in the WWE. Obviously, that’s not going to happen, but she and her roommates are huge fans of it, calling themselves “The Four Horsewomen” as a sort of homage to “The Four Horsemen.” Could Ronda be the Ric Flair of her own crew? Stephanie McMahon acknowledged them as she walked by and held up four fingers in their direction.

Overall, it seemed like a very fun night for the UFC champs as they got to fan out over a very entertaining Pay Per View event.

And, as I’m sure you’ve noticed all over social media, there’s an ice bucket challenge that’s been going around where people dump ice water over themselves in order to raise awareness for ALS and raise donations. Well, Stephanie McMahon took the challenge and nominated: The San Francisco 49ers, the cast of Total Divas, and and every member of the WWE universe. Then, this happened:

The Four Horsewomen dumped a trash barrel of ice water all over Stephanie.

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In Case You Missed It: The New Yorker’s Article On “Mean Girl” Ronda Rousey

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The New Yorker released a very insightful article on Ronda Rousey recently, written by Kelefa Sanneh called Mean Girl: Why the world’s best female fighter loves to be hated.

Don’t let the title throw you off. The article goes above and beyond telling us about one of our favorite female UFC fighters as it gives us insights into what it took for female fighters to make it into the organization in the first place as well as Ronda’s personal hardships growing up.

You think you know someone because of the show they have to put on when they’re in this business, but Ronda’s personal history is the story of a girl who went through a lot of rough times, starting as early as birth. When she was born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, causing issues that made her unable to speak until the age of six. You wouldn’t know it by how articulate and outspoken she is today. You also may not have known that her father suffered a degenerative spine injury after a sledding accident and later took his own life. This is a subject that still affects Rousey very profoundly, so the tough girl you see refusing to shake hands with Miesha Tate is only a tiny part of who Ronda Rousey really is. She has been known to wear her emotions on her sleeve and at any moment, she may be prone to tears.

The article is a great read, especially if you need to refresh your knowledge on women’s MMA and how Ronda’s journey from Strikeforce helped to bring the sport to the attention of the public even though MMA still fights to make it as a mainstream sport. In fact, professional MMA is still not legal in New York.

The women’s bantamweight division with Rousey as its champion is just a start. We have a lot to look forward to with the growing straw weight divisions, not to mention Bellator’s choice to welcome contracts for females again after claiming they wanted to focus on the men so much.

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Dan Cormier vs. Jon Jones at UFC 178 Has Been Postponed

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This week is already giving us a few upsets. First, Marina Shafir loses to Amanda Bell via knockout at Chaos At The Casino 5 in California. Marina is Ronda’s roommate, friend, training partner, and 1/4 of the “Four Horsewomen” which includes Rousey, Shayna Baszler, and Jessamyn Duke. If you’re a fan of hers, then you’re likely bummed that she went down so quickly. She was out in less than a minute, which is usually the fate of Rousey’s opponents.

The really upsetting news is that we’re not going to see the fight we’ve been waiting so long for, which is that between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, which was going to be the main event at UFC 178. The fight isn’t totally off, but it has been postponed to January 3, 2015 while Jones heals from a leg injury he incurred during training.

So the bad news is that we won’t get to see the fight we’ve been waiting for and we’ll have to wait until next year while Jon Jones heals from the damage to his knee and ankle. The good news? If you paid to watch this fight, you can get your money back but you have until August 22, 2014.

 

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