Ronda Rousey to the UFC: Other Female Fighters the Promotion Must Sign ASAP

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

Ronda Rousey to the UFC: Other Female Fighters the Promotion Must Sign ASAP

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    Well folks, it wasn't supposed to happen, but it did. Ronda Rousey is the first female to be signed by the UFC

    Not only was it not supposed to happen, even though I figured it would, but it happened incredibly soon. With Ronda Rousey's signing with the UFC, she is going to need some opponents.

    Much like the flyweight division, the women's division of the UFC will come together slowly and carefully.

    Here are some other females the UFC should sign as soon as possible to get their women's division rolling.

    Note: The fighters chosen will revolve around the women's bantamweight division, as this addition must be done one weight class at a time.

Miesha Tate

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    Miesha Tate is a former women's bantamweight champion in Strikeforce and a popular personality in mixed martial arts. 

    Though she lost her title to Ronda Rousey, she is still a top female fighter in the world. Her wrestling and submission game is elite, which she takes as an advantage into almost any fight.

    Her boyfriend, Bryan Caraway, is currently a UFC fighter himself.

Sara McMann

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    A woman who I think possesses the toughest game for Ronda Rousey to deal with, Sara McMann is another lady that the UFC should sign.

    McMann is an Olympic silver medalist in wrestling and has looked extremely talented in her young MMA career. Her top game is smothering and her takedowns are powerful.

    She recently signed with Strikeforce, but I am sure she can be brought over.

Cristiane Santos

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    Though a failed steroid test has halted Cristiane Santos' career for the moment, many believe this would be the biggest test Ronda Rousey could face.

    Santos is a brute of a woman with lethal striking and a complementary ground game. She has thrashed many women in the 145-lb. division, so she would need to drop to 135.

    Maybe now that she is off juice, she will shed some of her muscle and be able to make 135. It would be a wise move for her.

Sarah Kaufman

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    The most recent challenger to Ronda Rousey's gold, Sarah Kaufman deserves a shot in the UFC despite her short showing against the champ.

    Kaufman is well-rounded and can hang with the best females in the world. The Canadian has fast striking with power behind it.

    It would take her a couple fights before she met "Rowdy" again.

Alexis Davis

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    Alexis Davis is a good all-around fighter, but she has an impressive submission game more than anything.

    Lately she has worked on her striking, making her a more dangerous adversary for whomever steps opposite of her. That kind of work ethic and skill deserves a call from Dana White and co.

Liz Carmouche

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    Liz Carmouche burst onto the MMA scene with a late-replacement title fight against Marloes Coenen a year or so back. She almost won that fight.

    Carmouche is a bull with fantastic wrestling and ground and pound. She is a matchup problem for many female fighters due to her strength and explosiveness.

    She would be another great addition to the UFC women's division.

Shayna Baszler

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    Shayna Baszler has been fighting since 2003, but has really been coming into her own the last couple years. 

    "The Queen of Spades" is a submission wizard, earning 14 of her 15 wins by tapout. Going to the ground with her is very dangerous for any fighter she faces.

Cat Zingano

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    Cat Zingano is pretty young in her MMA career, but has been extremely impressive thus far.

    She has finished all but one fight. Her wrestling, power and ground and pound are problems for any opponent she faces in the cage.

    Once she hits her stride, she will be a top woman in the world. She has scary potential.

Amanda Nunes

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    When it comes to powerful striking, few strike harder than Brazilian Amanda Nunes. Her jaw-rattling punches and kicks are a hazard to any opponent who stands toe-to-toe with her.

    At just age 24, the sky is the limit with Nunes. She has so much time to improve and become championship caliber.