Rousey And Her Belt

There is little argument that Ronda Rousey is a force to be reckoned in women’s MMA. She has proven herself on multiple occasions inside the cage and collected a few arms on her way to becoming the Strikeforce champ.

Yesterday during the UFC press conference Dana White announced that Rousey was being named the first UFC women’s champ and handed Rousey a belt. As a fight fan, this left me feeling conflicted about the whole situation.

Allow me to explain. First and foremost let me say that I am a fan of Ronda Rousey, and have overall enjoyed the women’s MMA matches that I have seen. I have no doubt that adding a women’s division into the UFC is a smart move and will add to the organization.

What many fans of the sport, including myself, are having a hard time with is how Rousey was handed the championship without ever fighting for the organization. In the past, when a new weight class was added they held a tournament of sorts to determine who was at the top, much like when the flyweights came on the scene last year. Why not do this with the new women’s division?

Just like anything else, much easier said than done. In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Dana White described the situation like “dipping your toe in the water” and expressed how they still weren’t sure how long the women’s division would be around. Now add into that the lack of available talent at 135lbs and it is quite possible that the UFC is having a hard time finding viable competition. Many of the top women MMA athletes are already signed with either Invicta, or Bellator and the last thing the UFC wants to showcase this new division is lack-lustre fights with average fighters.

Regardless, many fans will view Rousey as an interim champ of sorts until she wins her fight at UFC 157 against Liz Carmouche.

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