Rousey on Feb. 23, 2013 became the first woman to defend a
title inside the Octagon when she armbarred Liz
Carmouche in the opening round of the UFC 157 headliner in
Anaheim, Calif. Approximately one year later, the female
bantamweights make their debut in Sherdog.com’s divisional
rankings. Following her 66-second thrashing of Sara McMann at
170, it is no surprise that Rousey sits atop the initial poll.
Without her, after all, female mixed martial artists probably would
not be where they are today.
With the women’s sport still growing and developing, expect plenty
of turnover in its ranks as the UFC continues to add talent.
Whether any of that talent is capable of knocking off “Rowdy” is
another matter entirely.
Elsewhere, middleweights Lyoto Machida
and Ronaldo Souza
each staked their respective claim to No. 1 contender status with
impressive victories at UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil on Feb. 15.
Machida earned his second triumph since dropping to 185 pounds by
outpointing fellow converted light heavyweight Gegard
Mousasi in the main event, while Souza outgrappled the massive
Carmont to capture a three-round verdict in the
Machida and Mousasi are not the only ones hungry for gold. Raphael
Assuncao made a case for his title candidacy at UFC 170 by
defeating Pedro Munhoz
to earn his sixth consecutive bantamweight victory, and Zach
Makovsky established himself as a person of interest at
flyweight with a win over Joshua