The Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano fight was over in just seconds, but the speculation about Rousey’s next fight could go on for months.
Rousey made quick work of Zingano in the UFC 184 headlining match, applying her famous arm bar just 14 seconds into the match to earn a victory. The win against Zingano was considered the most impressive of Rousey’s career, which is now a perfect 11-0.
Rousey said even she was surprised at how quickly the match ended, but was ready for Zingano’s out-of-the-gate attack.
“We were expecting that she might come out and do something flying at me right away,” Rousey told Yahoo! Sports. “That’s not usually how you land an armbar at that angle, but it works… It was a lot like judo transitions, where you scramble the second you hit the ground.”
The victory may now set up Ronda Rousey to face Holm, who was one of the most successful female boxers of all time before making the jump to MMA in 2011. After starting out in MMA undefeated, Holm made her UFC debut on Saturday and earned a split decision over Raquel Pennington.
The win did a lot to earn Holm respect in the UFC and prove that she belongs, noted Los Angeles Times writer Todd Martin.
“Pennington is only 5-4 in MMA but has fought a much higher level of competition throughout her career than Holm has,” Martin wrote. “The big question is how far Holm’s ground game has come, because her unique background makes her a very attractive potential future opponent for champion Ronda Rousey.”
Holly Holm has put in a lot of work to earn her shot at Ronda Rousey, and now the time may have come. As the Sporting News points out, the long-anticipated fight between Rousey and Holm may now be inevitable.
“Ever since the UFC implemented women’s fighting two years ago, Holly Holm’s name would always come up. She was a world champion in boxing and people figured she could be the one to defeat Rousey. Holm needed time to work on her game at Jackson-WInkeljohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is the gym where the likes of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, top lightweight contender Donald Cerrone and former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit train at. That time for Holm to showcase her talents in front of a worldwide audience starts tonight against Raquel Pennington. With an impressive win and a Rousey victory, Holm could be next in line to face the champion.”
Ronda Rousey provided that victory against Cat Zingano, but time will tell whether she actually faces Holly Holm next. After Miesha Tate defeated Sara McMann in UFC 183, many believe that she will have the next shot at Rousey in what will be the third rematch between the rivals.
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