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UFC 175: 3 Fights for Ronda Rousey to Take Next

Dustin FilloyFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2014

UFC 175: 3 Fights for Ronda Rousey to Take Next

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    Since she wows the crowd every time she graces the Octagon, it'd be inaccurate to say that Ronda Rousey made a statement with her swift disposal of Alexis Davis in the co-main event of UFC 175 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

    If anything, the unbeaten Rousey, who's only gone out of the first round once in 10 fights, just continued to solidify her legacy as the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time.

    Rousey KO'd the second-ranked Davis with a picturesque sequence of strikes topped off with a hip toss early in the first round to defend her women's bantamweight strap for the fourth time since early 2013.

    But regardless of her pristine track record, Rousey has only bested five of the UFC's top 15 ranked bantamweights, which means she still has plenty of viable challengers lurking in the shadows.

    Here are three fights for Rowdy to consider next.

Cat Zingano

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    Cat Zingano has endured plenty in the last 15 months, including the death of her husband, and now the top-ranked women's bantamweight seems poised to pick up where she left off last spring.

    Zingano TKO'd the third-ranked Miesha Tate in her UFC debut in April 2013 to seemingly earn a crack at Rousey.

    However, Zingano tore her ACL following the win over Tate, an injury that forced her to pull out of both the Rousey bout and her role as a coach opposite Rowdy on Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter.

     

Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino

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    Prior to UFC 175, it didn't seem likely that the company's brass would entertain the idea of adding Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino to its stable of bantamweights.

    But UFC president Dana White surprised members of the media at the UFC 175 post-fight press conference by saying the following about Cyborg's status, via MMA Junkie:

    I just don’t want to hear your b------t if I do (sign her) because this s--t is going to flip as soon as I sign her – about drug testing and all the other b------t. It’ll be the biggest f-----g topic. It’ll be the biggest f-----g story for you to write. Oh my f-----g God. The script will flip immediately.

    Cyborg, the Invicta FC featherweight champ and the former Strikeforce featherweight linchpin, hasn't tasted defeat since her pro debut in 2005.

Holly Holm

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    Like Cyborg, Holly Holm has yet to scrap in the Octagon, but also akin to Justino, women's MMA fans worldwide want to know how the former boxing superstar would stack up against Rousey.

    Holm has shown tremendous potential, particularly in her kickboxing repertoire, in her first seven MMA bouts. Holm has won each of those fights and has stopped six opponents via KO/TKO.

    Holm has clearly already grown out of fighting in Legacy FC, so her next move would naturally be a bout in the UFC.

    Rousey obviously has a more impressive resume and a more refined game, but with coaches like Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn at her fingertips, it's only a matter of time before Holm emerges as one of the world's top bantamweights.

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