WMMA Makes It's Way To The Octagon.
The biggest news out of Seattle this week was the annoucement of Rhonda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche for the newly established UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship, which will headline UFC 157. This is extremely significant because it will be the very first wmma fight in UFC history, and will also be the first wmma main event on PPV. Dana White brought up Rhonda Rousey at the Fox 5 presser and presented her with the belt, and when asked why the Cyborg/Rousey fight wasn't the first wwma fight, he responded in regards to Carmouche, "She's the one that wanted to fight her". A usual man of many words, White seemingly decided to go easy on the female fighters who turned down the fight.
Another Number One Contender Fight For Shogun.
Also announced at the press conference was that 'Shogun' vs Gustafsson will determine the number one contender for the Jon Jones World Championship, err, UFC Lightheavyweight Championship. Shogun's last fight was a number one contender fight, and he didn't end up getting a title shot. The reigning champ ended up getting booked as the coach on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Chael Sonnen, and the two are slated to fight for the 205 lbs crown in April 2013. After which, according to Dana White, the winner of Saturday's Shogun vs Gustaffson will be waiting, or will be injured, whichever.
Dana White Confirms St. Pierre Wants Nick Diaz Next.
George St. Pierre is the next contestant on Fight an Undeserving Opponent, the game show where the world's best MMA fighters take on adersaries that are not in contention for that champion's title. Jon Jones did it against Vitor Belfort, and will again against Chael, and now GSP wants to take on someone who is coming off of a loss. I'm disappointed that our much talked about superfight isn't next for GSP, and even more disappointed that the rightful number one contender Johny Hendricks isn't getting the shot.
Side note: How spoiled are we as MMA fans when we are disappointed that George St. Pierre's next fight is going to be against Nick Diaz?
UFC 156 Will Feature Flyweights
Also announced was Ian McCall vs Joseph Benavidez in what has to be considered a title eliminator for the 125 pound belt at UFC 156 on February 2nd in Las Vegas. In my opinion the two top flyweights outside of the title fight should deliver and give the Vegas crowd something to not boo. Evan Dunham vs Gleison Tibau at 155 lbs was also announced for the card.
UFC on Fuel TV 7 Gets an Interim Title Fight.
How fitting is it that the 'interim' home of the UFC's 'C' level fight cards will be host to an interim title fight? With champ Dominick Cruz out another year due to injury, interim champ Renan Barao will defend his 135 lbs title against contender Michael McDonald in February at UFC on Fuel TV 7 in London. Other fights added this week to that card are Castilla-Sass, Etim-Forte, Lee-Tezuka, and Gomez-Harris.
A lot going on in the matchmaking world of mma, and Saturday's stacked card will give us plenty more winners and losers to prognosticate on. Now that we know what's on the horizon, let us pause for a second and remember that both BJ Penn and Shogun Rua are fighting on free TV tommorow.