It’s pretty clear that Ronda Rousey is light-years ahead of the competition in her division right now. She proved that point once again at UFC 175 when she dispatched Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds. The fight was reminiscent of the days when boxing great Mike Tyson would take out guys in the first round.
Given that Rousey doesn’t seem to be living up the celebrity life outside the cage, I don’t envision there will be a Buster Douglas-type moment for her in the Octagon.
The only choice for the UFC to pair up Rousey with the one woman who has been her constant nemesis: Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.
They have sent insults to each other across media platforms, but the central issue of what weight the fight should be contested will be settled once and for all when Justino makes her bantamweight debut in December.
The Brazilian had said it was previously impossible for her to make the bantamweight limit, but if she can make the weight and win the fight, the UFC will have little reason to keep her from meeting Rousey.
Holly Holm has the credentials (and unblemished record) to challenge Rousey, but Dana White has said Holm will need at least one fight in the UFC prior to facing Rousey. It makes sense as Holm isn’t a household name outside of the hardcore MMA fanbase.
Gina Carano seems to be the favorite to face Rousey if a deal can get done. That fight will be made for no other reason except for the money it would draw. Nevertheless, it has the potential to go down exactly like Rousey vs. Davis at UFC 175.
Despite the fact Rousey and White clearly aren’t fans of Cyborg, it’s a fight that needs to be booked if the Brazilian wins later this year. The fans want to see the bickering between them end the way it should in MMA—inside the cage.