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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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