Top 5 Future Matchups For UFC Champion Ronda Rousey

Top 5 Future Matchups For UFC Champ Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey at UFC 170 post-fight press conference
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While there are some concerned about a lack of current competition for dominant UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, that simply isn't the case. It’ll be up to the organization to go out and sign some of these competitors, but there are clearly attractive future matchups to be made. There's been plenty of speculation about who might come next for "Rowdy".

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5. Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis

Ronda Rousey celebrates UFC victory over Liz Carmouche
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5. Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis

Ronda Rousey celebrates UFC victory over Liz Carmouche
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Davis is a gritty competitor who has vaulted her way into title contention with three straight wins in the UFC against Rosi Sexton, Liz Carmouche and most recently Jessica Eye. She has a strong grappling game and has been involved in some entertaining fights. Rousey would clearly be a strong favourite, but Davis is worthy of the opportunity.

4. Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm

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4. Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm

Ronda Rousey prepares for action at UFC 170
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Holm has a very distinguished kickboxing and pro boxing resume and is undefeated in her MMA career. Her striking would be her calling card against the champion although Rousey has become far more comfortable with her own stand-up game. The champion would have a clear advantage on the ground thanks to her remarkable submission skills.

3. Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

Ronda Rousey at UFC 168 against Miesha Tate
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3. Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

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Zingano has expressed a desire to make a UFC return in the summer in the wake of a severe knee injury and the tragic loss of her husband. She put herself at the front of the line for a title shot with a TKO victory over Miesha Tate at the TUF 17 finale. Zingano is unbeaten in eight career fights and had been scheduled to coach against Rousey in Season 18 of TUF until the injury misfortune.

2. Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano

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2. Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano

Ronda Rousey celebrates victory at UFC 170
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Carano has been busy making movies these days, but remains under contract even though she hasn't fought since 2009. UFC President Dana White is on the record as saying he'd love to give her a fight if Carano wanted to return. This matchup would have plenty of star power and sex appeal. Carano’s last fight was a TKO loss to Cristiane Justino in Strikeforce. It was her first career defeat after seven victories.

1. Ronda Rousey vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino

Ronda Rousey celebrates UFC 168 win over Miesha Tate
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1. Ronda Rousey vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino

Ronda Rousey celebrates UFC 168 win over Miesha Tate
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This is the best women’s fight that the UFC can possibly make. It’s very possible to see it become a reality now that Justino has expressed a willingness to get down to the 135-pound limit. The dangerous “Cyborg” has smashed all competition since losing her first fight and a potential fight against Rousey would be a true Superfight and highly-anticipated grudge match.


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