Iole: Rousey dominance not good for the sport

 

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole argues that like Tiger Woods around 2000, Ronda Rousey is  so far ahead of the other leading athletes that it is silly to think she might lose. Further, Iole says that is not good for the UFC women's division.

Her dominance is great in one sense, because fans gravitate toward winners. But it's cast a pall over non-title women's matches.

On a loaded UFC card that will be televised nationally Saturday by Fox from Orlando, Fla., Tate will meet Liz Carmouche in a bout that, in other circumstances, might have stirred up a lot of passion and interest. But Rousey has manhandled both, and that has taken a bit of the significance out of Saturday's match. 

Before he saw Rousey fight, president Dana White had famously said he'd never allow women into the UFC. In large part, that was because he didn't feel there was enough depth of quality fighters.

It's turned out that White was dead wrong. There is a lot of quality depth, and there are some compelling women's fights that could be made. The problem is that the champion is so far ahead of the rest of the field that it makes those non-title bouts seem small and insignificant.

It's up to the women who are under UFC contracts now to close the gap on Rousey. It happened on the PGA Tour when several men at least got into the ballpark with Woods.

If one of the women – be it Tate, Carmouche, Sara McMann, Cat Zingano or Alexis Davis – can prove to be a legitimate threat to Rousey, it will help to grow interest in the division.

But if not, the women's division will amount to Rousey appearances and not much else.

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Decimated site profile image  

4/18/14 6:42 PM by Decimated

There is a lot of MMA without Ronda, you had to be looking last year at Invicta.   Invicta had a bomb ass, hot ass group of girls that got slurped up by the UFC.  This is important - they have been taken out of circluation for half a year by the delay of signing, and shooting The Ultimate Fighter. Amazing personalities and/or (i stress the and / or) skills. Herrig, JoJo, Torres, Namajunas, Esparza, Claudia Gadelha, Bec Hyatt, Paige Van Zant. With the exception of Herrig,  they are not even near their peak and very interesting to boot.    Otherwise, had invicta any kind of survivable biz plan, those chicks would have had two fights since the year began and we'd be talking about that.  Invicta has no way to put its fighters' faces out there, other than an often very well done biography documntary released 4 days before the fight. As silly as TUF is, it gets the faces (and asses) out to the masses.

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4/18/14 6:04 PM by Genghis84

The same thing was said about Liz, and she gave Ronda a harder test than all her other fights combined. Alexis is more well rounded than Liz and dangerous everywhere. Although she does have terrible fight IQ. Which will probably be on display in July. I wouldn't be surprised if Alexis tries to turn into a ground battle despite winning the fight on the feet.

Glovegate site profile image  

4/18/14 4:52 PM by Glovegate

I like her but it doesn't matter how game she is for this fight. She has absolutely nothing for Ronda and will lose.

BlueDream site profile image  

4/18/14 4:52 PM by BlueDream

Iole is a fool. He's been watching MMA for how long? Yet he doesn't understand how quickly this sport evolves. She won't get anywhere close to the winning streak of Anderson. If she keeps fighting she'll get beat in 2 years or less.

Genghis84 site profile image  

4/18/14 4:47 PM by Genghis84

^ Marloes has said the drop to 135 was Strikeforce's idea, and the weight cuts killed her. Can't see her going down again. But I'm not sure there are any compelling match ups for her in Invicta at 145. Maybe she can avenge her loss to Cindy Dandois?

WithoutSpoilersdotCom site profile image  

4/18/14 4:39 PM by WithoutSpoilersdotCom

marloes coenen needs to get the next shot. shes so easy to hype. after and if ronda runs through alexis and my main girl cat

Genghis84 site profile image  

4/18/14 4:38 PM by Genghis84

Glovegate - "Yeah, because they want her to get a finish before they give her a shot. It's classic Zuffa. They only have no choice now.Watch Brad. If he goes out and KO's his next opponent, boom right up the ladder. Doesn't matter if the guy is any better or worse than the last guy he took the distance. Excite the casuals and you get it." I find it interesting that Alexis didn't really have any stinkers until recently. And both were against natural 125ers. That tells me that she had a hard time getting up for what were supposed to be gimme fights. Notice the difference against Carmouche (a game opponent that she actually wanted to fight). She sounds thrilled to finally be getting her chance at Rousey, so I expect her to show up big time on July 5.

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4/18/14 4:37 PM by WithoutSpoilersdotCom

who the hell would really watch wmma if it wasnt for ronda?cyborg barely fights, marloes seems retired... shes the best thing that could have happened to the sport.i liked the top fights in strikeforce, but RRR made me a true fan of wmma. it would be fatal is there wasnt the big fight with her every couple of months

Glovegate site profile image  

4/18/14 4:09 PM by Glovegate

Yeah, because they want her to get a finish before they give her a shot. It's classic Zuffa. They only have no choice now.Watch Brad. If he goes out and KO's his next opponent, boom right up the ladder. Doesn't matter if the guy is any better or worse than the last guy he took the distance. Excite the casuals and you get it.

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4/18/14 3:58 PM by Genghis84

^ It's all about match ups. Look at her past fights against tough opponents. Davis beat a dangerous Nunes at her own game in a slugfest back in 2011. Had a three round war and FOTN with Kaufman in 2012. Then chokes out Baszler in another FOTN at the beginning of last year. Her dominant win over Carmouche should have been enough. But the UFC made her beat someone that didn't even win her last fight (at least in many people's eyes).