It was quite the online sports betting weekend for woman in sports. Former WTA Tour player Rebecca Marino spoke out about mental illness, Danica Patrick took the pole and logged a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500, and most importantly to MMA fans, Ronda Rousey lived up to her reputation as a dominant champion by successfully defending her UFC Bantamweight title in the first ever UFC-sanctioned tilt between two women. Rousey defeated challenger Liz Carmouche with another of her trademark arm bars, once again finishing her opponent off before the opening round was complete. There is no longer any doubt that all of the hype about Rousey heading in to this bout is in fact legitimate, and before we ask what’s next for the champion, it’s important to look back at exactly how dominant her performances have been.
This online betting win was the seventh-straight for Rousey in all MMA competitions, and the seventh-straight via armbar submission in the first round. From the Olympic games where she medaled for the United States in Judo, to lesser promotions including KOTC and Strikeforce, Rousey’s consistency has been incredible, including consecutive Submission of the Year recognitions in Strikeforce for taking down Julia Budd and Miesha Tate. The former Olympic star was just as dominant in her 54-second submission of Sarah Kaufman to defend her title, and when nobody came calling for the title opportunity in the UFC, it was on Carmouche to step up.
While Carmouche was outmatched from the very beginning in terms of skill level, she did battle hard to make the online sportsbook tilt worth watching. According to reports, UFC President Dana White was firm on allowing Carmouche the first shot at Rousey in the title in big part because of the fact that Carmouche had volunteered after so many others shot down the opportunity. At the very least, Carmouche pushed Rousey further than any fighter ever had by going 4:49 before finally tapping out, but now the question is who will be next to take on Rousey.
The second women’s fight has already been booked with Tate set to take on Cat Zingano, but it’s unlikely that Rousey would face the winner of that sports betting fight since neither of them would be willing to drop to the bantamweight level. Rousey has a huge advantage at bantamweight where she is faster and more technically skilled than her opponents, and while Zingano would unlikely have an edge in strength and power should Rousey move up, that isn’t going to happen either. A rematch against Kaufman or a bout with Alexis Davis could be the next step for Rousey. At this point, all that we know is that the champion is everything she was hyped up to be, so much to that we don’t know what’s next for Rousey and the UFC women’s bantamweight division. For all of the latest UFC news and betting odds for upcoming events, be sure to check out the best sports betting sites.