August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Ronda Rousey (black shirt) as she defeated Sarah Kaufman (blue shirt)during their Strikeforce MMA women's bantamweight title bout at the Valley View Casino Center. Rousey won in 54 seconds of the first round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
In the past year Ronda Rousey has established herself as the biggest name in Women's MMA. Last November, the 145 lb. Rousey quickly submitted Julia Budd at Strikeforce: Challengers 20 and proceeded to trash talk her way into a title shot against Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate in March. Although Tate lasted longer than any of her other opponents, Ronda still finished late in the first round with her signature armbar. Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey featured the biggest WMMA fight since Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg. Rousey followed it up on August 18 with a quick submission of Sara Kaufman.
Since Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman the biggest story in WMMA has been a potential super fight between Ronda Rousey and former Women's Featherweight Champion Cris Santos. "Cyborg" Santos failed a drug test after her last defense, but is expected to return to action in early 2013. Ronda Rousey had more than a few words for the former 145 lb. champion on Monday's The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani:
I think if it was done right and it was done correctly, you could have people watching that fight that have never seen a single MMA fight before. Lots of them. I think it could be the biggest MMA fight of all-time.
I'm serious. Think about it. Every MMA fan will watch, and a whole bunch of other people that aren't even the least bit interested in MMA would watch. That's the kind of demographic that fight could reach to that none of the men can right now.
Ronda Rousey's prediction says that her potential fight against Cris Cyborg would outdraw the UFC Heavyweight bout between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez that drew 8.8 million views at UFC On Fox 1. That's a lofty goal for a fight where the competitors can't even decide on an appropriate weight class. Cyborg Santos has alread come out to say she can't compete at Rousey's current weight class of 135 lbs. For her part, Ronda seems set on not returning to her former Featherweight division either. Unless the two can find a compromise, we'll never know what the fight will actually draw.