Liz Carmouche provided a few anxious moments for Ronda Rousey, but ultimately she succumbed to the same maneuver Rousey's previous six opponents have.
Rousey retained her women's bantamweight title with an armbar in the first round, and her debut was a success for the UFC and women's MMA.
Now that Rousey has made history and emerged victorious in her UFC debut, it is time to speculate on Rousey's next opponent.
Carmouche was never expected to offer much resistance to Rousey, but soon Dana White will have to set the women's champion up with better competition.
A rematch with Miesha Tate would be interesting. Of course, Rousey defeated Tate with an armbar in March 2012 while competing in Strikeforce, but it was one of the more spirited fights Rousey has had.
Tate recently signed with the UFC (per MixedMartialArts.com), and if she defeats Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale, the talk of a rematch will certainly heat up.
Zingano can't be overlooked, though.
She is 7-0, and though most would likely expect Tate to win their meeting, Zingano may be a more intriguing opponent for Rousey.
She would represent a fresh opponent, and the UFC could erect Zingano as a formidable challenger for Rousey's title. She would have an undefeated record, and a win over a respected fighter like Tate, who Rousey has already defeated.
There is also the possibility that at some point in the future, Rousey could face Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Santos has had some issues with performance-enahncing drugs, but she has the record (12-1) and the notoriety to make a major fight with Rousey.
She is currently competing with Invicta FC, and she's set to take on Ediane Gomes on April 5. If she finds her way to UFC, this could be a major clash.
We'll have to wait and see what the coming months produce, but on Saturday night, Rousey did her part to set up her future in the UFC.
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