If nothing else, Ronda Rousey looked like she had a hell of a lot of fun planting Bethe face first down on the canvas. The crowd loved her, Rogan loved her (to a slightly unseemly degree), and for one of the few times in her MMA career it seemed like Ronda Rousey was never the heel. Not pre-fight, not mid-fight, not post-fight. She was the star everyone came to see and everyone wanted a piece of. That's a big thing for her as her Hollywood career takes off, it seems like MMA fans and media are falling over each other to show their admiration for what is, at this point, the sport's biggest star.
Disclaimer Time: So, I went a totally uninspired 7-6 on this card. Honestly, were it not for some shaky judging I think I would have gone 9-4, but I'll admit I played this one pretty fast and loose in terms of fight picking and analysis. There were some knowns: Rousey, Gadelha, Alves, Cummins, Alcantara. Some Unknowns, Bigfoot, Struve, Shogun, Franca, Vieira. And some things to just be totally wrong about: Cannetti, Miranda, Maia. Add those all together and you've got an uninspired night of fight picking. Which is why I don't gamble, but use odds as a way to mark fighter development against my own and the betting public's expectations. I'm using Odds Shark for the odds on each fight and taking the mode for each fighter. So, on to the fights...
Neil Magny (+190) vs. Demian Maia (-240) (I picked Magny, I was wrong)
Ronda Rousey (-1600) vs. Bethe Correia (+1000) (I picked Rousey, I was right)
Those are my collected thoughts from UFC 190. As always, so much of what I wrote seems obvious now, but that's the benefit of hindsight. Stay tuned for next week when I talk about why OSP is still a potential title challenger and Glover Teixeira isn't. Until then!
This week's quote from the movie Miller's Crossing.