Tuesday February 24, 2015
It’s time for the most in-demand champion in UFC today to make her return this Saturday at UFC 184: Ronda Rousey.
The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion will defend her title once again on February 28. She will main event against Cat Zingano, which should be a tougher fight than realized.
Both are undefeated, with Rousey’s record (10-0) slightly edging out Zingano’s (9-0). They both are being billed at 135 pounds and similar in height, Rousey having the slim advantage (5’7” to 5’6”, respectively).
But the old saying goes: styles make fights.
Rousey loves submitting her opponents. Eight of her ten wins come via submission. And her name should be associated with the word “armbar.”
Zingano prefers the knockout victory. She’s knocked out five of her opponents and submitted three. Zingano only went the distance once, albeit in a three round fight.
That could prove to be a factor in this fight, as Rousey hasn’t reached the championship rounds yet inside the octagon.
These two were slated to battle two years ago until Zingano suffered a knee injury. She went under platelet-rich plasma and stem cell research to repair both knees. Zingano returned with a KO victory over Amanda Nunes, earning her title shot.
Rousey has become the face of the UFC during Zingano’s rehab. She’s appeared in magazines (Sports Illustrated), movies (The Expendables 3) and still manages to defeat her enemies without being distracted.
But now, both have something to prove more than ever: drawing a huge audience without backup.
Rousey headlined two events in UFC 157 and 170. She had backup in the undercard in both matches. Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson fought in a classic at UFC 157. The undercard in UFC 170 featured Daniel Cormier remaining undefeated.
UFC 184 won’t have that security blanket. The co-main event is another women’s bantamweight bout between Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm.
This also marks Zingano’s first main event in the UFC. It’s a different atmosphere in the main event. Zingano could choke under the pressure if she fails to handle it with responsibility.
Regardless, UFC 184 will be all about Rousey vs. Zingano. These two won’t let up and should deliver a main event worth the hype.
The question is who will walk away with the title. Will Zingano be the first woman to defeat Rousey, or will the champion hold her ground? We’ll find out Saturday in what is sure to be a memorable bout for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
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