In the time it will take you to read this sentence, Ultimate Fighting Championship Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey could have tapped out Cat Zingano via Rousey's trademark armbar finisher. With her latest victory, one that occurred on the final evening of February 2015, Rousey further cemented herself as the undisputed Queen of combat sports, a living legend who is being compared with former boxing superstar “Iron” Mike Tyson. Rousey is, with every highlight-reel win in a cage, becoming more of a household name, one worthy of being featured in national television advertisements and on ESPN SportsCenter.
The problem with a performer like Rousey is that her options moving forward are both limited and vast. She is getting multiple acting gigs and having money thrown her way from companies, but the gimmick of Rousey overtaking fighters who are not in her league is one that is, among some fans and observers, already growing old. It is now noteworthy when an opponent lasts longer than five minutes inside of the cage versus Rousey, a once-in-a-generation mixed martial artist who, as of the posting of this piece, appears unbeatable.
Some would quickly brush off the idea of Rousey joining up with World Wrestling Entertainment as being a silly notion floated out there by those looking to acquire page views. The truth of the matter is that there may be no better time than the present for Rousey to make the jump from the UFC to the WWE. Those within the Rousey camp, the fighter included, would do well to thoroughly examine every available gig heading into the spring and summer months, because the opportunities being presented to her could quickly fade away if she were to suffer a defeat and/or an injury.
10 Rousey vs. Cyborg probably isn't happening
9 If Not Cyborg, Then Who?
8 The Time is Right
7 It Doesn't Have to be Forever
6 The Brock Lesnar Schedule
5 Easier Life
4 Her Reputation
3 Other Work
2 She's a Fan
1 The Comeback
Just imagine the scenario: Rousey leaves the UFC as the undefeated and undisputed champion, claiming that there is no point staying in an organization where she has no true challengers, and she then goes to the WWE where she is booked as this untouchable wrestler who never loses. Then, after a few years away from the sport, Rousey announces that she is returning to the UFC to challenge the current women's champion. The arena for that event would sell out in a day, pay-per-view numbers would skyrocket, and Rousey would get what would be, to date, the biggest payday of her fighting career. She'd also probably win the title in her return fight, as she is the best in the world at what she does.
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