Ronda Rousey: Loss Would Make Bantamweight Champion The Kimbo Slice of UFC

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 22, 2013

Feb 20, 2013; Torrance, CA, USA;  Ronda Rousey during today's public workout at the UFC gym in Torrance, CA. Rousey has a bout with Liz Carmouche on Feb 23 in Anaheim, CA.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Remember all of the hype surrounding Kimbo Slice's debut in an organized MMA event?

He made himself quite popular by beating up random guys on the Internet in unorganized, all-out brawls. But when he debuted as part of the now-defunct Elite XC promotion, Slice was beaten senseless by an unknown named Seth Petruzelli.

Could Liz Carmouche be set to make a Slice out of Ronda Rousey at UFC 157? That would be an epic fail on the part of Rousey, Dana White, the UFC and unfortunately women's MMA.

I'm not calling everything Rousey accomplished as an Olympian and in Strikeforce the same as the farce Kimbo rode to prominence, but neither of their debuts are worthy of the attention they've garnered.

I take issue with Rousey's debut against Carmouche being elevated to main-event status. Much like I took exception to the respect Slice acquired without proving himself against real fighters.

This isn't about Rousey, though. She has proven herself to be an elite fighter in her division. This is about Carmouche's placement in the main event, and Dana White's Mickey Mouse matchmaking to protect his newest cash machine.

Even if Rousey were going to battle Carmouche in her first UFC bout, it didn't have to be the featured bout of a pay-per-view.

Had Rousey been fighting Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (who has been released from Zuffa, per ESPN) or even Miesha Tate—whom she's already beaten, but who at least put up a great fight—I would buy Rousey in a main event.

But Carmouche has lost her last two fights, and one of those losses came to Sarah Kaufman.

Rousey just destroyed Kaufman in her final Strikeforce bout. How does that dynamic make a Rousey-Carmouche bout worthy of main-event status?

Because of the situation White has placed Rousey in, she must avoid the Petruzelli effect. If Carmouche catches Rousey with a big shot, or something goes awry and the rowdy one loses; this will be a major disaster.

Rousey's credibility will be damaged beyond repair, UFC fans will be let down, and worst of all, women's MMA will lose the momentum Rousey helped to create.

She must hope things go as planned. In the arm bar we must trust, as it will make or break the evening.


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