Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
No GSP. No Cain Velasquez. No Anthony Pettis. No Anderson Silva (maybe).
The UFC needs draws. Badly. They only really have two right now in Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey. Imagine, then, if that number was reduced to one?
The problems there would be twofold.
Miesha Tate, belt or not, is never going to as much of a draw as Ronda Rousey. For whatever reason, she has refused to embrace her personality; the catty, manipulative b-word. The one that sends her boyfriend to smack her opponent. The one that plays dirty off-camera. The one that picks a fight, then gets indignant when somebody takes her up on that offer.
Is it a good look for her? No. But as Josh Koscheck has always alluded to, fighters want to be loved or hated...it's when fans are indifferent that they have a problem. As both Koscheck and Chael Sonnen have shown, when somebody goes "full heel," fans respond in a big way, and a Rachel McAdams in "Mean Girls" character is something we haven't seen in combat sports yet.
While Ronda Rousey may have suffered a drop in popularity since TUF, she's a bigger draw now than ever because of that annoying-to-many hyper-competitiveness. Miesha, though, wants to be liked. And there's no better way to have somebody say "yeah, she's ok, I guess..." than wanting to be liked.