Why Ronda Rousey's Next Fight Will Be the Bigger Test for the UFC

Andrew Saunders@SaundersMMACorrespondent IIFebruary 26, 2013

Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA;    Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche during their UFC women's world bantamweight championship bout at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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After tremendous promotional efforts from the UFC, Ronda Rousey's debut came and went without any major hiccups. "Rowdy" overcame adversity and kept her streak alive by scoring her signature submission hold with only 11 seconds left in the first round.

However, now that UFC fans have given women's MMA the first look glance, they now know what they are in for. The question is, can the UFC get them to come back and watch again?

One of the biggest drawbacks of Rousey's dominant first-round finishes lies in the fact that many fans aren't interested in spending $55 on a fight that is both predictable and quick.

With a talent pool that keeps the same depth as a Slip-N-Slide, Rousey is already dangerously close to competing in rematches with opponents who she already dominated.

By no means am I trying to suggest that Ronda is a big fish in a little tank. If anything, all signs point to her being a mid-sized whale in a little tank. However, trying to find new opponents for Ronda who fans are willing to pay to see is going to be tough.

At the post-fight press conference, Dana White says that it "makes sense" to grant a title shot to the winner of an April fight between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano. If Tate is successful, fans will be treated to a fight that saw Rousey test the bending limits of the human elbow.

Who do you think Rousey should fight next? Is the winner of Tate/Zingano the best option or should Sarah McMann be given the next opportunity?