The UFC has to consider the Ronda Rousey versus Liz Carmouche match at this past weekend’s UFC 157 event a resounding success. The action was great, the crowd was great and the media attention was great. So the question is ‘what is next for Ronda Rousey’? Well, look no further than April 13th and the TUF 17 Finale on tap for the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas as Cat Zingano faces off against Meisha Tate in what will e the 2nd ever ladies match in the UFC.
Zingano is a perfect 7-0 in MMA competition, while Tate is at 13-3 professionally.
Zingano has finished all but one of her matches, and she has adjusted well as the talent of her competition has increased.
Besides Carmouche this past weekend, Tate is the only girl to extend Rousey beyond 4 minutes before falling to the dreaded arm bar. With more than double the total number of fights and a higher level of competition, the edge in experience has to go to Tate.
I look for Tate to come in favored at the sports books for starters by around 2 to 1. at this point in the women’s divisions, it is hard to say where the action might come in once a line is posted, as even the astute betting public is not familiar with the women’s talent.
The match is a good one, and it very well could wind up stealing the show in April. The winner will probably get the fall title shot against Rousey, so that match has a lot of meaning for both women, as if it needed any more.
The truth is the spot opposite Rousey is a big money spot now. And the women who unseats Rousey? For the first time there is significant dollars in the women’s end of MMA, and a good piece goes to the winner of Zingano vs Tate.
It will be interesting to see where the PPV numbers for UFC 157 come in. The likelihood is that they are going to be pretty good, and that puts Rousey in heady Anderson Silva and Georges St Pierre territory – you don’t get to see her fight without shelling out $55.