“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey dominates the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s women’s bantamweight division to the extent that she is running out of credible opponents.
So confident is Rousey in her ability that she once called out boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather for a fight. The match would never happen, of course, but if for some bizarre reason it did, Rousey would be the odds-on favorite for victory, she is that good. (Boxers no longer take on UFC fighters because they always lose.)
Unbeaten in all 10 pro fights, the former Olympic judo bronze medalist is feared by her opponents for her seemingly impenetrable arm-lock which finishes every mixed martial arts opponents.
The 28-year-old Californian may get a reasonable match when she steps into the Octagon at Staples Center, Los Angeles, on Feb. 28, against another undefeated fighter, Cat Zingano (9-0).
This match tops the bill on UFC 184 and if Rousey retains her 135-pound belt as expected, even UFC president Dana White admits he will find it hard to match her against a credible opponent.
“She’s gonna have to start fighting men if she walks through Cat Zingano,” White joked.
Rousey has seen off Sara McMann, Miesha Tate and then Alexis Davis at UFC 175. Tate was the only one who took her past the first round. She lasted into the third.
Injury, media work and endorsing numerous products kept Rousey out of action for most of last year. But she still adhered to a strict training regime, training mostly with champion men.
A video is doing the rounds of her grappling with former world champion BJ Penn, the 36-year-old former UFC champion and one of the toughest men ever to grace the Octagon.
If Zingano goes the same way as previous challengers, at least White has options outside of his UFC stable.
He has been negotiating with current Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, but feels her demands are too high.
There is no love lost between the two champs though, who regularly exchange trash talk. Justino fights a day before Rousey, in Los Angeles.
Holly Holm, a former kickboxing champion newly recruited to UFC, is another potential Rousey opponent. Holm makes her Octagon debut against Raquel Pennington in the UFC 184 co-main event.
Unbeaten in seven MMA bouts with six stopped inside schedule, Holm could produce some fireworks, but at 33 has probably seen better days.
Rousey was interested in fighting Holm well before she joined UFC two years ago, so this could be another grudge fight that will generate massive interest.
Bethe Correia has waged a social media spat with Rousey for years and she is another potential opponent.