Much has been made of a rumored fight between two of the bigger names in women's MMA, Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano. Rousey is coming off a first round stoppage win over challenger Sara McMann at UFC 170, while Carano has not fought professionally since her 2009 loss to Cristiane Cyborg Justino (formerly Santos).
Of course the match up would have it's share of critics, not only has she not fought in over 4 years, but even when active Carano only fought at the 135 lb weight limit once, while struggling to make weight on more than one occasion. On the surface this fight would seem like a total farce, but if we dig a little deeper we can find a few reasons why this fight actually makes sense.
The UFC is short on contenders, Ronda has run through the division and dispatched everyone not named Cat Zingano who were true contenders. Zingano has been sidelined since her April, 2013 win over Miesha Tate with a knee injury and is currently not set for a return to the cage at this time. Cristiane Justino is not a realistic challenger as she has yet to make the 135 lb weight limit, let alone fight in the division or promotion. Carano brings a level of star power that can rival Ronda's, who has recently stated she would be willing to fight Gina at either 140 or 145 pounds, something she will not do for Cyborg or any other female fighter.
It's a big name match up in a division all but void of true contenders. It's also one of the most high profile match-ups that can be made in all of MMA. While not the most competitive on paper, it can still be classified as a super fight simply for the amount of viewers and media attention it will undoubtedly attract. In a sport starving for high profile fights, Rousey vs. Carano is one that should be made, not left to speculation.