What to do with Ronda Rousey? Ronda on Saturday night bested yet another foe, this one an Olympic wrestler that took Ronday around 66 seconds to put down with a brutal knee to the kidney. At this point Ronda has beat 4 of the top 7 women in the division and on Saturday night we learned that Ronda would most likely be able to beat Jessica Eye and Alexis Davis at the same time, which is unfortunate but largely true.
Ronda is one of the fiercest fighters in the cage as she dispatches challenger after challenger but the most interesting stat is that Saturday night is only a year to the weekend when she first won the belt in a fight where Liz Carmouche nearly destroyed the Rousey legacy before it began. "People forget, I won the title for the first time a year after my first pro fight," Rousey said after UFC 170. If you think back a year Liz had Ronda in a neck crank that nearly sealed the deal, fast forward to present day and it seems very hard to even think that Ronda would struggle at all in a rematch with Liz, not that anyone is looking for that fight.
Instead we are looking for Cyborg to make 135lbs because she is the true foil to Ronda’s darling status in MMA. If a fight between Cyborg and Rousey could be made it would catapult this division into the stratosphere, something both Ronda and Cyborg should be interested in doing. Tito Ortiz who manages Cyborg has said the “cut” would “kill” Cyborg but the hyperbole is not lost on anyone, nor is the push to sell this fight as big.
Cat Zingano is still a challenger out there but she will not put up much of a challenge to Ronda and that is the problem. When you are only one year into a division you need to build stories, because without them sports have no draw. The story is Ronda vs. Cyborg – now we just need someone to make it.