Ronda Rousey just wants to fight somebody. The problem is that finding that somebody.
After a thorough domination of Sara McMann in her last fight, Rousey is thirsty for new challengers and Dana White has finally offered some answers in that regard. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the UFC President talked about some of the names being bandied about as the champion’s next opponent.
The top three choices for Rousey’s next opponent seem to be (in order):
1. Gina Carano
To which White said that there was “nothing new” to report amidst rumours that MMA fighter and film actress is on the verge of signing with Bellator.
2. Holly Holm
The UFC only recently signed the unbeaten MMA fighter and kickboxer, and Holm will need to get past at least one opponent (after she recovers from her broken arm) before she gets a title shot. It’s expected she will make her debut in November.
3. Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino
While White said that he considered renewing contract talks with the former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion, the fact that she has a positive steroid test from 2011 on her record seems to make her a longshot for Rousey.
“I have a ton of issues with ‘Cyborg,'” White said. “As soon as I sign ‘Cyborg,’ they’re going to be talking to me about drug testing. … This whole aura of invincibility around ‘Cyborg’ and the people who don’t like Ronda who want her to fight ‘Cyborg’ … very weird dynamic.”
The fighter with the best odds of meeting Rousey is one that isn’t even listed on most depth charts as the options above are the ones most of the media and fans are talking about. In this regard, Dana White cautioned not to forget Cat Zingano.
“Cat Zingano is no joke, she’s a very good fight for Ronda,” White said. “A lot of people who follow Holly Holm think she’s the answer to Ronda Rousey. There’s a lot of people out there who think Ronda Rousey can be beat. And all the Gina Carano talk.… Gina Carano fought ‘Cyborg’ …and that was a damn good fight.”
And he has considered renewing talks with muscular Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, who won the Strikeforce women’s featherweight title in 2009 by beating Carano. But Justino tested positive in 2011 for a steroid, and White is troubled by her history.