The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion found a new way to seal yet another win in her great career.
Ronda Rousey defeated Sara McMann last night by TKO with a knee to the body just 66 seconds into the first round. The win marked the first time that Rousey did not need her deadly armbar or any type of submission to seal a victory. She recorded her first knockout of her career, as Rousey still holds onto the championship, which she won when she beat Miesha Tate all the way back at their first meeting in early 2012 when both fighters were still in the Strikeforce organization. Next month will be two years that she became the champion in the women’s bantamweight division.
With Rousey’s latest victory by technical knockout, what is next for the UFC star? She has reported that she is going to take some time off. Who can blame her? The fight was Rousey’s second in less than two months. But it does appear that she wants to be back as soon as needed.
There are a multiple amount of women in the UFC who could be Rousey’s next opponent. Cat Zingano appears to be the next one who will get the shot, but it all comes down to how she can recover physically and mentally, as she had to back out of their potential first meeting due to injury and dealing with a death. I can see the Rousey/Zingano matchup to be a solid one, as Zingano was the only other fighter in the last two years to defeat Tate and she is also undefeated.
The biggest one, and one the fans would enjoy to see, is a fight with Cristiane Justino, otherwise known as Cris “Cyborg,” who returned to fighting just last year after serving a suspension involving the use of steroids. Justino first has to get to the 135 pound bantamweight before she can have a shot at Rousey.
With Rousey’s latest win, she has developed into one of the most well-known and strongest competitors, not just in women’s fighting, but perhaps in all of UFC and mixed martial artist fighters of this generation. Here is a woman who never gives up and while to some fans she comes off as aggressive and spends a lot of time trash talking, she is perhaps the best and more respected fighters out there.
Look for Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey to become the most decorated UFC fighter of all time once her career ends. But it looks like with the run she has made so far, her career will not be ending any time soon.