UFC 184 is forty-eight hours away and no doubt about it, this event will make history.
While Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano for Women’s bantamweight title was not the original main event, this fight has brought a ton of promotional hype behind it.
The UFC wanted Rousey to be their next Anderson Silva, GSP or Chuck Liddell, and they got exactly that.
Rousey, who is undefeated, brings more eyeballs to the sport than most male UFC fighters do.
With Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort being nixed after the champ, who was originally supposed to defend his title at the event had to pull out of the event due to injury, Rousey’s star power has kept this event to be one to see.
Zingano is a tough challenger that might be overseen as a top challenger by the casual audience, but her pro MMA record says otherwise. This fight marks the third time in UFC history that two undefeated fighters go to war for UFC gold. Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida, Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann and now Rousey vs. Zingano.
The event also marks the first time ever that two women’s bouts would be headlining a UFC event, let alone a pay-per-view. Trust me friends, UFC 184 will be one to look back on.
In the co-main event, Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington is slated to take place.
Holm will be making her UFC in this fight, which is her eighth overall pro MMA fight. She has gone the distance once. In her last four fights, she beat Allanna Jones by 2nd round head kick in June of 2013, then a 2nd round TKO over Nikki Knudsen in October of that same year and then a unanimous decision over Angela Hayes in December of 2013. In her last bout, she knocked out Juliana Werner in April of 2014 in the fifth round.
Pennington is heading into this fight on a roller coaster. She is 2-3 in her last five. She lost to Cat Zingano by 2nd round rear-naked choke in October of 2012 then followed it up with another loss to Leslie Smith in January of 2013 by unanimous decision. She beat Roxanne Modafferi in her UFC debut by unanimous decision in November of 2013. She lost to Jessica Andrade by split decision at UFC 171 last March. In her last bout at UFC 181, she beat Ashlee Evans-Smith by bulldog choke in the first round.
UFC President Dana White stated in the past that women will never fight in the UFC. Now, anytime a Woman’s bout is on a card, fight fans get excited. Women fighting as truly changed the sport of MMA and the UFC as a whole.
The UFC is in a transition period as legends like Anderson Silva, GSP and other names that are retired/soon to be retired or no longer fighting two or three times a year. Rousey is now the leading horse in the UFC’s race to stay in first place as the leading MMA promotion in the world.
Sit back, enjoy the fights on Saturday night. It will truly be special.