Ronda Rousey continues to prove that the women's bantamweight division in the UFC is no match for her. So if other females can't beat Rousey, how crazy of an idea is it to organize a fight between her and a man? Let's analyze it.
Rousey Destroys Zingano
Just a few years ago, UFC president Dana White laughed off the idea of having female fighters in his stable. Now Rousey is the UFC's biggest star by far, at least in the United States. It hasn't helped White that some of his notable male fighters have tested positive for steroids of late.
Cat Zingano was supposed to be Rousey's toughest challenge yet at Saturday's UFC 184 card in Los Angeles. Uh, not so much. Zingano came out aggressively, charging at Rousey with a flying knee. However, Rousey was able to block the move and quickly took Zingano to the ground. Before Zingano knew it, Rousey, a former U.S. judoka, had Zingano in her signature armbar move. The fight was over in 14 seconds, the quickest title bout in UFC history. Rousey (11-0, 5-0 UFC) has stopped all 11 of her opponents, seven of them in less than a minute. Only one fight in her professional career has lasted past one round: a third-round submission win over Miesha Tate at UFC 168 in December 2013.
Rousey said she expected Zingano to come out aggressively after she had to rally from slow starts in her two previous fights, third-round wins over Tate and Amanda Nunes: “I thought that because she’d been hearing so much about being a slow starter during the media buildup,” Rousey said. “I thought it was very possible she’d try to do the exact opposite of that."
The most logical next fight for Rousey would be against Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, the champion of the Invicta FC. However, Justino fights at 145 pounds and White said after Rousey's win (Justino defended her belt on Friday) that he will not allow a fight at a catch-weight of 140 pounds -- either Justino gets down to 135 pounds or the matchup won't happen. Rousey probably won't fight anyone for a while as she's filming yet another movie. It's called Mile 22 and features Rousey as a CIA operative who gets partnered with an Indonesian police officer played by Iko Uwais, who starred in the two Raid movies. Expect Rousey's next fight to be against Bethe Correia (9-0) or Jessica Eye (11-2). Rousey will be at least a -1000 favorite in the UFC odds in either of those.
Is Rogan Crazy Like a Fox?
Rousey is obviously the clear-cut No. 1-ranked fighter in the bantamweight division. But how would she fare against men? That topic has gained traction with UFC commentator Joe Rogan stating that Rousey might beat "50 percent" of the men in the UFC's bantamweight division. Rogan added that number might be higher if women could absorb punches like a man. UFC flyweight contender Ian McCall laughed all this off.
"I need to have a conversation with Joe about it because she's not beating up a man. I'm sorry, it's not going to happen," McCall said. "A good man will not lose to Ronda Rousey. I could put a judo gi on, [she's] an Olympian. You're not throwing me. It's not going to happen. I will throw you on your head."
White joked after Rousey's win that: “Yeah, we’re going to move her to the men’s division, and see if the odds... I don’t know what to do with this lady.”
The UFC ranks her as the No. 7 pound-for-pound fighter in the world -- male and female. The current bantamweight champion is T.J. Dillashaw and he's ranked eighth. Other big names Rousey is ahead of are Anderson Silva (No. 9), Renan Barao (No. 11), Vitor Belfort (No. 13), Dominic Cruz (No. 14) and Fabricio Werdum (No. 15). Zingano remains the top-rated bantamweight behind Rousey, and Rousey said she would give Zingano another shot at some point.
Let's be clear here that Rousey would have no chance against a male who weighs more than she does. It's simply physics. Let's also be clear here: White isn't going to risk putting his biggest star in the Octagon to get physically pummeled by a man. Plus the male fighter would have zero to gain by fighting a woman. No top contender would take that bout, no matter how much money White offered.
I give this a zero percent chance of happening. It would make UFC a laughingstock, a circus show. Would I watch, though? No doubt.