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.
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10 Rousey vs. Cyborg probably isn't happening
Let's just get this out of the way right now. Rousey has zero reason, outside of a payday, to agree to a catch-weight fight, and Cris Cyborg has not yet proven that she is willing to even flirt with dropping down to 135 pounds in order to fight the rowdy one. Add in the fact that Cyborg has a history of struggling to follow the rules of what she is and is not allowed to ingest as a professional fighter, and the odds of her making it all the way through the end of a UFC pre-fight camp while passing multiple drug tests seem low, at best. It would be a dream battle, sure, but Rousey vs. Cyborg seems to be nothing more than a fantasy at this point.
9 If Not Cyborg, Then Who?
Even before she tapped Zingano out in less than 13 seconds on February 28th, Rousey had already gone through the women's division and done so with ease. UFC will, in order to build anticipation and sell pay-per-view buys and also tickets, do whatever possible to hype up the next “Rousey vs. 'X'” battle, but any knowledgeable person knows the reality of the situation. Rousey is so far ahead of those who could face her in 2015 that the fights are, so long as the women's champion remains in shape and healthy, formalities. She is going to lock in the armbar, she is going to win, and that is that.
8 The Time is Right
As great as Rousey is – and she certainly is great – things can quickly go wrong during any sporting competition. Rousey is but one haymaker punch or one banana-peel slip away from being downed for the first time of her UFC career, a loss that would immediately eliminate the perception that she is, as a mixed martial artist, invincible. The risk of losing a meaningful fight is only worth the rewards of the paydays and the media attention Rousey receives for so long, and we may have already come upon the time when Rousey putting her undefeated streak on the line is no longer beneficial for her.
7 It Doesn't Have to be Forever
Rousey turned 28-years old earlier this year. She is technically, as it pertains to her physical skills, just now entering her prime. There is no reason to believe that she could not step away from the UFC for a couple of years to work for WWE before making a return to real-life fighting that would see her once again become the baddest woman on the planet. In fact, Rousey making the switch from the UFC to the WWE now could end up being the best move of her fighting career in the long run, so long as she does not suffer some unforeseen brutal injury inside of the wrestling ring.
6 The Brock Lesnar Schedule
Rousey would not be working 100+ dates a year if she joined the WWE. She would not be appearing at house shows in cities such as Erie, PA. Rousey would, if signed by the wrestling federation, receive a schedule similar to that belonging to Brock Lesnar, one that would have her show up for a limited amount of Raw programs and also a handful of pay-per-view events per year. Rousey's schedule would become more open were she to sign with WWE, and that would allow her to explore other career moves that have, over the years, attracted her interests.
5 Easier Life
While Rousey fights at 135 pounds, her “walk-around weight” is actually believed to be closer to around 150 pounds. She would not have to cut much weight, if any at all, before appearing at WWE events and before performing in matches. Rousey would also, if working for WWE, not have to worry about those grueling pre-fight camps that precede UFC events. Her WWE training would be stripped down, as she would not, if the company was smart, be involved in matches that lasted all that long and that required her to take significant bumps in the ring.
4 Her Reputation
WWE goofed in writing the initial return of Brock Lesnar, having “The Beast” lose to John Cena in his re-introduction to the company. The organization has since learned from that mistake, booking Lesnar as an unbeatable monster who was the first man to defeat The Undertaker at a WrestleMania event. Rousey's reputation as this badass who cannot be stopped by any woman would, so long as the WWE didn't over-think the matter, only grow during her stint in professional wrestling, which would boost her marketing brand and open up even more opportunities outside of fighting and wrestling.
3 Other Work
Easier schedule. Easier life. Enhanced reputation. Rousey could, while under a WWE contract, do more than just train and perform inside of a wrestling ring. It is no secret that Rousey wants to pursue acting jobs that are parts of major motion pictures. She would have even more chances to do so working for WWE, a company that has partnerships with multiple entertainment companies. Rousey could have it all while working for the top wrestling company in North America, and she would also be cashing in on big-time paychecks in the process. Not bad work if you can get it.
2 She's a Fan
Rousey is a noted fan of professional wrestling. She has, in the past, attended independent shows, and she has publicly stated her infatuation with former WWE performer and current UFC fighter CM Punk. All indications are that Rousey would have an absolute blast cutting promos on Divas, showing up for television broadcasts and having matches in front of thousands upon thousands of fans. Millions of people tune in to watch WWE programming on a weekly basis, but only a small fraction of those individuals get to live out the dream and work inside of the ring.
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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