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UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

Latest UFC rankings update: Donald Cerrone shines in Welterweight debut, drops four Lightweight spots

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently updated its official fighter rankings to reflect the results of its UFC Fight Night 83 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place last Sunday night (Feb. 22, 2016) inside CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Full results here.

Donald Cerrone headlined the event, making a splash in his Welterweight debut by submitting Alex Oliveira in the very first round (see it again here).

Who’s the real “Cowboy” now?

The win didn’t do much for Cerrone’s standing in the Lightweight division, however, as he inexplicably dropped four spots down to No. 9. Other than that, there wasn’t any major movement of note this week.

Here’s what the latest ranking field looks like courtesy of UFC.com. Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked).

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Jon Jones
2 Demetrious Johnson
3 Conor McGregor
4 Dominick Cruz +3
4 Rafael dos Anjos
6 Fabricio Werdum -1
7 Luke Rockhold +1
8 Robbie Lawler -2
9 Daniel Cormier +1
10 Jose Aldo -1
11 Chris Weidman
12 TJ Dillashaw
13 Holly Holm
14 Frankie Edgar +1
15 Joanna Jedrzejczyk -1

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 John Dodson
3 Henry Cejudo
4 Ian McCall
5 Jussier Formiga
6 Kyoji Horiguchi
7 John Moraga
8 Zach Makovsky
9 Wilson Reis
10 Ali Bagautinov
11 Dustin Ortiz
12 Justin Scoggins
13 Louis Smolka
14 Ray Borg
15 Sergio Pettis

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Dominick Cruz
1 TJ Dillashaw
2 Renan Barao
3 Urijah Faber
4 Raphael Assuncao
5 Aljamain Sterling
6 Michael McDonald
7 Thomas Almeida
8 Bryan Caraway
9 Takeya Mizugaki
10 Johnny Eduardo
11 John Lineker
12 Frankie Saenz
13 Jimmie Rivera
14 Eddie Wineland
15 Francisco Rivera

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Jose Aldo
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Chad Mendes
4 Max Holloway
5 Ricardo Lamas
6 Cub Swanson
7 Charles Oliveira
8 Dennis Bermudez
9 Jeremy Stephens
10 Hacran Dias
11 Darren Elkins
12 Brian Ortega +1
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri -1
14 Nik Lentz
15 Clay Guida

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Rafael dos Anjos
1 Eddie Alvarez
2 Khabib Nurmagomedov
3 Anthony Pettis
4 Tony Ferguson
5 Nate Diaz +1
6 Michael Johnson +1
7 Beneil Dariush +2
8 Edson Barboza
9 Donald Cerrone -4
10 Al Iaquinta
11 Dustin Poirier
12 Bobby Green
13 Michael Chiesa
14 Evan Dunham
15 Rashid Magomedov

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Robbie Lawler
1 Rory MacDonald
2 Stephen Thompson +1
3 Tyron Woodley -1
4 Carlos Condit
5 Johny Hendricks
6 Demian Maia
7 Matt Brown
8 Dong Hyun Kim
9 Neil Magny
10 Tarec Saffiedine
11 Rick Story
12 Kelvin Gastelum
13 Thiago Alves
14 Albert Tumenov
15 Gunnar Nelson

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Luke Rockhold
1 Chris Weidman
2 Jacare Souza
3 Vitor Belfort
4 Lyoto Machida
5 Anderson Silva +2
6 Tim Kennedy -1
7 Michael Bisping -1
8 Robert Whittaker
9 Gegard Mousasi
10 Thales Leites
11 Uriah Hall
12 Derek Brunson +1
13 Rafael Natal -1
14 Dan Henderson
15 Roan Carneiro

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Jon Jones
2 Anthony Johnson
3 Alexander Gustafsson
4 Glover Teixeira
5 Ryan Bader
6 Ovince Saint Preux
7 Rashad Evans
8 Mauricio Rua
9 Jimi Manuwa
10 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira +1
11 Patrick Cummins -1
12 Corey Anderson
13 Gian Villante
14 Ilir Latifi
15 Jan Blachowicz

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Fabricio Werdum
1 Cain Velasquez
2 Stipe Miocic
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Ben Rothwell
5 Junior dos Santos
6 Andrei Arlovski -1
7 Travis Browne
8 Josh Barnett
9 Mark Hunt
10 Frank Mir
11 Roy Nelson
12 Antonio Silva
13 Matt Mitrione
14 Alexey Oliynyk
15 Jared Rosholt

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Claudia Gadelha
2 Carla Esparza
3 Rose Namajunas
4 Tecia Torres
5 Jessica Penne
6 Valerie Letourneau
7 Paige VanZant
8 Michelle Waterson +2
9 Maryna Moroz
10 Joanne Calderwood -2
11 Karolina Kowalkiewicz +1
12 Randa Markos -1
13 Jessica Aguilar
14 Juliana Lima
15 Felice Herrig

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Holly Holm
1 Ronda Rousey
2 Miesha Tate
3 Cat Zingano
4 Amanda Nunes
5 Julianna Pena
6 Sara McMann
7 Jessica Eye
8 Bethe Correia
9 Liz Carmouche
10 Sarah Kaufman
11 Valentina Shevchenko
12 Raquel Pennington +1
13 Germaine de Randamie +1
14 Lauren Murphy *NR
15 Marion Reneau -3

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in a week, as UFC Fight Night 84: “Silva vs. Bisping” lights up O2 Arena in London, England, on Sat., Feb. 27, 2016 (for more on that UFC Fight Pass event click here).

Until then, let us know what you think of the latest rankings movement in the comments section below.

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Nieky Holzken Shines at GLORY 19, But Main Event Ends In Injury

It was a hard-hitting night of kickboxing action at GLORY 19 in Virginia last night, a night which saw one man make a triumphant return in the welterweight contenders tournament — but a less conclusive end to the evening’s heavyweight main event. In the former case, Nieky Holzken, who hadn’t fought since December 2013 due […]

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UFC Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 Finale ‘Prelims’ results recap: Felice Herrig and Aisling Daly earn finishes, Tecia Torres shines

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 Finale complete recap of Friday night’s (Dec. 12, 2014) “Prelims” mixed martial arts (MMA) action that featured six bouts in the women’s strawweight division, airing live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and UFC Fight Pass. Who won, lost, got KOed, and tapped? Get your TUF 20 “Prelims” fix below.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the fight capital of the world on Friday night (Dec. 12, 2014) for Invicta Fighting Championships latest card The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 20 Finale live from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to the main card that will crown the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion, the event was kicked off with a captivating set of “Prelims” on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and UFC Fight Pass.

Full results and play-by-play here.

The undercard featured six bouts all in the women’s strawweight division. 11 of the 12 fighters were contestants on TUF 20, with the outsider being UFC debutant Seo Hee Ham.

In the “Prelims” main event, Felice Herrig earned her first UFC victory in style, finishing Lisa Ellis via armbar in the second round of an enthralling bout. While fans did not get the privilege to watch Herrig’s striking, they did catch a glimpse of the “Little Bulldog’s” much improved ground game.

Check out the prelims recap below:

Lisa Ellis vs. Felice Herrig

This was an exciting scrap and was a perfect cap to the “Prelims.”

Lisa Ellis quickly got a takedown, then nearly finished Herrig with a deep guillotine in the first minute. After surviving the early onslaught, Herrig bullied Ellis to the mat, and quickly began working ground and pound. Moments later Ellis hit a picturesque sweep, but Herrig quickly latched onto a triangle, nearly finishing Ellis in the process. After an escape from Ellis and a scramble, Herrig landed back on top and stayed there for the rest of the round.

The second round did not take long to get to the mat as both Ellis and Herrig landed takedowns and reversals. Herrig was controlling Ellis on the mat, looking for a rear-naked choke, but Ellis was able to escape out the back. Herrig countered with an armbar, but could not finish before transitioning into a triangle. After failing on both attempts, Herrig went back to the armbar where she was finally able to get Ellis to tap.

Heather Jo Clark vs. Bec Rawlings

The first round was wildly competitive as both women had their bright spots. Clark landed a big right hand that hurt Rawlings early, and followed up with a big takedown. Following a short stint of ground and pound from Clark, Rawlings fought to her feet before Yves Lavigne broke them off the fence soon after. Rawlings started to open up on the feet, but Clark reverted right back to the clinch. Rawlings actually got a late takedown of her own, but Clark transitioned into back mount as the round end..

The second round saw the women slug it out in the center of the cage for the first two minutes. Rawlings was landing some big time shots, but Clark was landing crisper shots that were landing. After a quick clinch, Clark hit another takedown right into side control. As Rawlings rolled to her back, Clark took her back again, but her attempts at choking out Rawlings were futile for the final minute and a half of the round.

Rawlings came out firing in the third round knowing she was likely down to rounds and needed the finish. Instead of throwing power shots, Rawlings put together her best combinations of the fight as Clark’s stamina faded. Rawlings was pushing forward, but Clark clinched up with the Aussie, chewing clock in the fight’s most crucial round. After Yves Lavigne separated them, Rawlings unloaded a flurry on Clark, but she could not finish the tough Clark as she fired back as the fight came to a close.

In the end, Clark picked up the upset in her UFC debut against Rawlings.

Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham

This was an absolute scrap that showed why Joanne Calderwood is such a feared competitor. As for Seo Hee Ham, she may not have been on TUF this season, but she definitely proved her worth inside UFC.

The first round got off to a quick pace, as both ladies landed combinations. Hee Ham was using lateral movement to confuse Calderwood, but a lengthy jab from the TUF contestant kept Hee Ham at bay. Calderwood was controlling the pace on the feet, but Hee Ham was more than willing to eat a shot to take a shot.

The second round was much of the same early as both ladies exchanged on the feet. While there was not much power behind Calderwood’s shots, she tagged Hee Ham over and over. On the other hand, Hee Ham was looking to knock out Calderwood with nearly every blow, busting up her nose badly. Even with her face bloodied and bruised, Calderwood pushed forward and got two late takedowns to seal the round.

The action continued in the third as Calderwood tagged Hee Ham early with an overhand right before getting the clinch on the fence. The clinch and dirty boxing from Calderwood really fatigued Hee Ham early in the round, and Calderwood continued to pepper Hee Ham with brutal knees and elbows. After a brutal front kick to the face and slam takedown, Calderwood attempted to get the late submission finish, but was unable to finish Hee Ham late.

Ultimately, Calderwood earned his first UFC victory via unanimous decision.

Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres

The first round was fought at a labored pace early, but Tecia Torres soon got into a rhythm, lighting up Magana on the feet, and dropping her with a stiff right hand. But the real fun did not start until round two as Magana and Torres opened up on the feet for several exciting exchanges early on.

Ultimately, Torres was getting the better of Magana on the feet, and with the second round coming to a close, Torres picked up the pace showing off her savvy striking repertoire. By the third round, Torres’ confidence was sky high as Magana was in a defensive shell. Torres continued to pepper Magana with crisp hooks and kicks to the body, and ended off the fight on fire rocking Magana over and over before closing the show with a takedown.

The latter half of this fight was the Tecia Torres show, and “The Tiny Tornado” proved she will be a top contender in the strawweight division for some time to come.

Alex Chambers vs. Aisling Daly

The Irish takeover continues.

Both TUF 20 ladies got off to a quick start tonight, but it was evident early on that Alex Chambers would have a difficult time against Aisling Daly. After a bright spot that saw Chambers land a right hand into a takedown, the rest of the round — and fight — was all Daly.

On the mat, Daly attacked with an armbar off her back, nearly finishing the fight before Chambers squirmed her way free. When the fight got back to the feet, Daly used forward pressure to tire out Chambers before landing two takedowns en route to the fight-ending armbar with just seconds left in the first round.

Angela Hill vs. Emily Kagan

In her second pro fight, Angela Hill put on an absolute clinic, utterly dominating Emily Kagan on the feet and in the clinch throughout the 15 minute affair.

Kagan took the center of the Octagon as she immediately looked to clinch and takedown the neophyte Hill. Unfortunately for Kagan, her game plan failed her as Hill showed off improved takedown defense and a deadly clinch game. Kagan was unable to get the fight to the mat as Hill blasted her with knees, elbows, and punches.

By the second round, Kagan was busted up badly, and was nearly finished a handful of times. Truthfully, Kagan’s heart and chin were too much for her own good, as she was nothing more than a punching bag for the majority of the fight.

Although she tried her best to get the finish, Hill left the Octagon with her first UFC victory via unanimous decision.

Check out the full TUF 20 Finale “Prelims” quick results below:

Felice Herrig def. Lisa Ellis by submission (armbar) at 3:05 of Round Two
Heather Jo Clark def. Bec Rawlings by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Joanne Calderwood def. Seo Hee Ham by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Tecia Torres def. Angela Magana by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Aisling Daly def. Alex Chambers by submission (armbar) at 4:53 of Round One
Angela Hill def. Emily Kagan by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27)

For main card results and play-by-play click here.

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UFC 178: Johnson Cruises, McGregor Shines in a Night of Classic Fights

UFC 178 lacked the big name title bout which gets fans talking. It seemed cursed in the months prior — most notably when light heavyweight champion Jon Jones pulled out of the event due to injury. The main event featured UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson, who has failed to gather much of a following, facing […]

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Morning Report: Cung Le shines in China; Anderson Silva closer in size to GSP than Jon Jones, says manager

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I live in the southwestern United States. My weekend mixed martial arts are generally heralded in by a piping hot dinner and a magenta desert sunset. So it was certainly a little strange to groggily open the laptop, notice the UFC on FUEL 6 prelims priming to kickoff, and fuzzily gaze up to see the clock read 4-something a.m.

And as fight after fight trudged to decision, it definitely gave me a newfound respect for all you European crazies who wake up (or stay up) long into the night to see the likes of Riki Fukuda outpointing Tom DeBlass. But even still, there’s something uniquely brilliant about watching a ‘Knockout of the Year’ candidate close out a card before getting a chance to catch a full breakfast.

Though in case you weren’t so committed — and really, who could blame you? — we’re here to catch you up to speed. So let’s get to some headlines.

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6 MUST-READ STORIES

Le destroys Franklin. Despite fighting injured, Cung Le stunned oddsmakers by flooring Rich Franklin with a right hook midway through the first round of UFC on FUEL 6′s main event. Le pocketed $ 40,000 in bonus money for his work, while causing a sleeping west coast to wake up and shout admiring expletives about the violent finish they had just witnessed.

Silva submits Nedkov. Thiago Silva stormed back from early trouble to submit Stanislav Nedkov with an arm triangle choke in the final frame of the pair’s co-main event bout. (Video.) The win marked Silva’s first since 2009.

Kim dominates Thiago, calls for Maia rematch. Korean welterweight Dong Hyun Kim dominated Paulo Thiago over three rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory. (Video.) After which, Kim called for a rematch against Demian Maia, whom he lost to via injury in July.

Tate: Rousey getting too much credit. Speaking to MMAWeekly Radio, former Strikeforce champ Miesha Tate emphasized that while her rival, Ronda Rousey, was the catalyst for the entry of women into the UFC, others ultimately played a bigger part.

Bellator 80 results. Joe Warren got back on the winning track and both Alexander Volkov and Rad Martinez advanced to their respective tournament finals on the main card of Bellator 80.

UFC.com hacker sentenced. Cosmo the God, the 15-year-old hacker who badgered UFC President Dana White and infiltrated UFC.com, was sentenced after being arrested by the FBI for his role in various cyber crimes. Although he avoided jail time due to his status as a minor, Cosmo has been placed on probation until his 21st birthday and is effectively banned from using the internet during that time.

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MEDIA STEW

Ed Soares’ logic for Anderson Silva fighting GSP and not Jon Jones: “When you look at Anderson’s stats, he’s closer to Georges St-Pierre’s stats [than Jones'] as far as size, as far as reach, as far as age, as far as everything.”

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Let’s just go ahead and throw this into the ‘Knockout of the Year’ conversation right now.

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Remember the Washington-based self-styled crimefighter Phoenix Jones, aka Ben Fodor, undefeated middleweight and bother of Strikeforce fighter Carlos Fodor? Well, this just happened.

(HT: MiddleEasy)

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“I was convinced the best Georges St-Pierre was behind me.” – the welterweight champ reflecting on the past year in advance of his return at UFC 143.

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Joe Vedepo fought Mike Bernhard (aka “El Gringo Diablo”) on this weekend’s Bellator 80 undercard, and I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever seen a finish quite like this before. (Here’s the entire event just for the hell of it, but the fight I’m talking about starts at 24:30.)


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LE VS. FRANKLIN: THE ONLY WAY TO DESCRIBE IT

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STAYING CLASSY

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EVEN CLASSIER

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STAY STRONG

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FYI

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ONE MORE WEEK

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced over the weekend (Friday, November 9, 2012 – Sunday, November 11, 2012):

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day sees Josh Hall explain his case for: Why Rousey vs McMann Should be the First Women’s UFC Fight

Just as UFC needed a star to emerge at their first event way back in 1993, the women’s division will need the same to gain traction amongst the casual fans. Fortunately for the UFC, Ronda Rousey has done a lot of the necessary promotional work already. Her fight with Miesha Tate in Strikeforce (R.I.P.) was everything fans could have hoped for, and actually was a worthy companion to the months of pre-fight hype.

Putting Rousey in the first women’s UFC fight is obvious. She already has built up a good sized fan base, is an Olympic medalist, and is the current 135 lb women’s UFC champion (there is a sentence I never thought I would write a couple of years ago about any female fighter). The only real question that needs an answer is regarding her opponent.

The way I see it, there are only three viable options. You have the obvious choice in Christine “Cyborg” Santos. She is the most feared fighter in women’s MMA, and the two have a prior history of verbal sparring online. This fight would sell, but in my opinion, the timing is not right. “Cyborg” is coming off a suspension after a positive test for stanozolol, and the first women’s UFC fight will be a historic event. It is a big risk to try and sell the masses on women’s MMA, and putting someone directly into a title fight post-suspension may not be the first impression they want to leave on fans.

The next option is the other female fighter signed by the UFC so far, ex-champion Miesha Tate. The war of words between the two was epic the first time around, and Tate has been far more competitive than any of Rousey’s previous opponents. This is a viable option, but the two women are not far removed from their last fight, and Tate had a massive struggle before pulling off an epic comeback win against Julie Kedzie. The Rousey/Tate rematch will inevitably happen one day, but that is a better matchup further down the road.

The third and final option is the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling Sara McMann. This fight is intriguing on many levels, and I believe is hands down the best option for Rousey’s opponent in the first women’s UFC fight. McMann’s grappling credentials are off the charts, not only with her Olympic background but also a silver medal at the 2011 ADCC North American championships. Like Rousey, McMann carries an undefeated MMA record, making the title fight a slightly easier sell for casual fans than it would be otherwise.

Personally, I can think of no better fight to help legitimize women’s MMA than the first American woman to medal in the Olympics in judo fighting the first American woman to medal in freestyle wrestling. These are two women who have already made history in their previous respective sports, and I say let them make UFC history together.

Found something you’d like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me on Twitter @shaunalshatti and we’ll include it in tomorrow’s column.

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