Morning Report: Joe Rogan hints at 'huge announcement' regarding Ronda Rousey's next opponent

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

What's next for UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey? Aside from small roles in a few Hollywood films, we're not really sure. Thankfully, UFC commentator Joe Rogan says something intriguing could be on the horizon.

Speaking with KROQ's Kevin & Bean Show Friday morning in Los Angeles, Rogan was very quick to dismiss the hosts' claims that Rousey is now left without a legitimate challenge to her title.

"Oh, you're so incorrect," said Rogan. "I wish I could tell you what I know. I wish I could tell you. I know some secret stuff. I know some secret stuff, but I can't tell you."

Rousey, of course, most recently stunned fellow undefeated Olympian Sara McMann with a first round TKO in their Feb. bout at UFC 170. Specifically in regard to an opponent, Rogan says it could be a name we're all familiar with.

"You might actually know, but I can't tell you," claims Rogan. "I can say no more than I've already said. I will tell you this, and this is a KROQ exclusive, within the next probably week or so a huge announcement will come about women's fighting and I'll be back in [the studio] and we'll talk some more. It's going to be crazy. Madness. I wish I could [talk about it now], but I would betray the confidence of my friend and employer."

Interesting, considering the booking of Rousey's next two likely opponents, Alexis Davis and Cat Zingao, would be anything but 'madness.' Although Zingano earned a shot at Rousey back in Apr. 2013 with a win over Miesha Tate, she's been unable to cash it in as she recovers from injures to both knees. Davis, who scored a somewhat controversial split decision over Jessica Eye at UFC 170 could be next, but mostly due to a lack of other options.

As for some wildcards, how about two women not even under UFC contract? Women's boxing champion Holly Holm is currently booked to compete for Legacy FC Apr. 5 in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., but has long been a target of the UFC. A women Dana White once referred to as 'the female Conor McGregor,' Holm claimed she was close to signing with the promotion late last year. "We're just waiting for the UFC to make the right deal, and we're ready to go," Holm said back in December.

The other longshot, would be, of course, Cristiane Justino. In addition to being under contract with Invicta FC, 'Cyborg' is currently booked to fight for the inaugural Lion Fight welterweight title in Las Vegas, NV on Mar. 28. While neither of those facts are really much of a hinderance, the fact that Justino has never made weight at 135 pounds certainly is.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

What We NOW Know About TUF China Finale Main Card... And What Should NOW Be Done

I totally admit it. I'm embarrassed. I went 2-6 on this card. My pride is very much wounded at this point. I thought I had been doing a solid job. Not great, but solid. Then this card decides to come around and kick me square in the balls. Oh well. Not much I can do now. Just own up to it I guess. The only consolidation I have is that the card was full of upsets and though I'm sure everyone did a better job in their picks than me, I don't think it was that much better.

There wasn't a single household name on the card, but that doesn't mean that there wasn't fighters worth mentioning. Dong Hyun Kim established himself as a legitimate name to throw around for title contention in the welterweight division with his second straight devastating KO and Matt Mitrione and Hatsu Hioki ended (hopefully) a recent losing spell for the both of them that could have put them on the unemployment line had they fallen short. Oh yeah, there was the TUF China welterweight final that ended with a close but controversial decision. Considering the idea of the show was to generate interest for China in MMA, this could have some backlash as judging matters have been known to upset more than a fan or two. Lets hope it doesn't derail interest there.

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