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How Ronda Rousey Stacks Up Against the Other Women in the UFC

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Jordy McElroyCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2013

Ronda Rousey's name can be added to the current list of dominant UFC champions.

The undefeated bantamweight champ continued to armbar her way into the history books at UFC 157 Saturday night.

In the first women's bout in the history of the UFC, Rousey rallied after an early scare and latched on her patented armbar to lock up the first-round submission victory over tough opponent Liz Carmouche.

The win only solidifies Rousey's boisterous claim to being the "most dangerous woman on the planet."

Carmouche's gutsy performance should leave the door open for some hope among the other contending ladies at 135 pounds. She almost pulled off a monumental upset early in the fight after taking Rousey's back and nearly sinking in a rear-naked choke.

In the end, Rousey's resilience and brute-like determination was too much to overcome for the former Marine.

At first glance, the outlook of Rousey's UFC title reign looks infinite in the bantamweight division. There really aren't any other girls who possess the same rare athleticism, strength and unique skill set to compete with her.

Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos would certainly be an uphill battle for Rousey, but unless a catchweight bout is made at 140 pounds, the often talked about women's superfight doesn't have much of a chance of coming to fruition.

The only opponent who truly stands out as a surefire test for Rousey at bantamweight is former Olympian Sara McMann, who earned a silver medal in wrestling in the 2004 Games.

Miesha Tate, who lost to Rousey in March 2012, is another name in the mix.

McMann may be the biggest test for Rousey, but a rematch with Tate is the biggest fight the UFC can currently make involving its newly crowned women's champ.

The Rousey era is upon us, and there is no Cyborg standing in her way. The question shouldn't be how Rousey stacks up against the other women in the UFC.

Rather, the MMA world should ponder how other women in the UFC stack up against Rousey.

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