WMMA: Would Rousey vs. Cyborg Actually Break Showtime Viewing Records?
As the debate about WMMA continues, more and more people are starting to pay attention thanks in part to the phenomenon that is Ronda Rousey.
Rousey has managed to push her way to the front of her division and along the way has become the new face of women’s MMA. She’s pretty, accomplished, aggressive and she owns perhaps the most impressive win streak seen in MMA in quite some time: a perfect record of six fights and six victories coming by way of first round armbar.
In short, she’s the fastest gun in town, and she’s taking everyone out quickly, with little to no muss or fuss.
This has given her some time in the spotlight, and she’s made the most of it. Having just started to fight professionally in 2011, Rousey is now the number one box office attraction for WMMA, and that means she has something that people are drawn to.
But she’s not the only one who can draw a crowd.
As Rousey pulls in lofty compliments by her fans and those in the media, some of whom say she cannot be beaten, another figure of WMMA is waiting to get permission to storm the gates of the kingdom that used to be hers: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.
Cyborg is to WMMA what Mike Tyson was to boxing: a wrecking machine that throws bombs with savage intent, her heart bursting with the desire to beat into submission or unconsciousness any who are believed to pose a threat to her dominance.
Like Rousey, Cyborg commands the attention of all who watch her as she scowls at her opponents across the cage. She’s every bit as intense as Rousey, and when the fight starts, she looks to do nothing less that put her fists through the back of her opponents head, as often as the referee will allow.
So, just how big would a fight between these two women be?
Bigger than anything Showtime has put up this far, that’s for sure.
Consider how much attention Rousey is getting by herself, without fighting in the UFC. She’s been on the covers of magazines, spending time rubbing elbows with Dana White, doing plenty of interviews with varying media outlets, and above all else she’s been winning over the press almost as easy as she wins her fights.
And now she’s calling out Cyborg publicly.
As soon as Cyborg has her suspension lifted, both sides will need to agree on a weight that is fair to both, or as fair as money can buy.
Then, once the fight is signed, the media machine is going to kick into high gear and from there until fight night all we are going to hear about is Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg.
And the public is going to eat it up.
Rousey vs. Cyborg could be the first WMMA mega-bout, and that being the case, there is a very good chance it would get a three episode Primetime treatment, which would fit perfectly on Showtime.
In Rousey vs. Cyborg, you have a clash of styles that has been one of the cornerstones of MMA: grappler vs. striker, and that kind of question can be debated on Internet forums and around water coolers for months as the fight grows closer.
And the reason why is because it’s proven to be the question that decides the outcome. Can Cyborg keep Rousey from tossing her to the mat and locking up that arm?
If Rousey can’t take Cyborg down, how is she going to handle being punched in the face and body by a woman who’s as aggressive and hits as hard as Cyborg?
The first woman who can stifle the other's game plan is probably going to win the fight, and possibly quite handily. Cyborg’s ground game looks totally amateur compared to Rousey, and Rousey’s stand up looks dangerously lacking compared to Cyborg.
In the past, some of the biggest fights in MMA have revolved around this question: Mark Coleman vs. Maurice Smith at UFC 14, Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Wanderlei Silva at Pride 13, Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva and so on.
If Rousey and Cyborg can agree upon a weight and both ladies can be at their best, it could be one of the most watched moments in MMA history, period.
After all, above all else, this is a fight sport, and these two women have proved time and again that they are all about the fight.
And who wouldn’t want to see that?
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