Ronda Rousey made history Saturday night at UFC 157, defeating Liz Carmouche in the first round via armbar in the first-ever UFC women’s fight. Though it was no easy task, after nearly being submitted by a standing rear naked choke within the opening frame of the bout, Rousey still managed to eventually work her way in, latching on the submission that forced Carmouche to tap. Though Carmouche proved she has a lot to offer the UFC women’s division, Rousey’s victory reinforces that she is still the face of the division, and doesn’t plan on giving up her belt anytime soon.
Who should be next for Carmouche?
- Winner of Meisha Tate vs. Cat Zingano- If Carmouche is to defeat the winner of this fight, it gives her a chance to stay relevant in the title hunt, and with a performance like the one she put on display last night after nearly finishing Rousey, I think she deserves that. Zingano is 7-0, with six finishes including three knockouts and three submissions, and Tate has an impressive record of 13-3 with three knockouts and six submissions, and is also coming of an armbar victory of her own.
Who should be next for Rousey?
- Sarah McMann- McMann not only holds an impressive record of 6-0, but she is also the first American woman to ever receive a silver medal in Olympic wrestling. As an Olympian with a great story behind her, she seems like a logical choice for the UFC and Rousey.
- Alexis Davis- Davis holds a 13-5 record with submissions and two knockouts, and is coming off a two-fight win streak in Invicta FC, with both of those wins coming via submission. Davis is a legitimate contender in this division and may perhaps be next up for Rousey.