The mixed martial arts (MMA) community was set ablaze with discussion when it was announced earlier this month that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) had made its first-ever female signing by inking former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to a contract to fight inside the Octagon.
Despite UFC President Dana White's age-old guarantee that the fairer sex would never be seen fighting in a UFC cage, he eventually caved, and he's openly said that it's all because of "Rowdy."
The loud-mouthed former Olympian may be officially in the fold, but who she will fight first remains anything but official.
Of course, most fans would prefer to see Rousey take on Cristiane Santos in a female "super fight" of epic proportions. However, if we're to believe White, that's a fight that will never happen, due to the fact that "Cyborg" wants no part of it.
One of the other names that has been bandied about is that of fellow former Olympian, Sara McMann, who was most recently set to fight Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce: "Cormier vs. Mir," before an injury to McMann derailed the fight (which was part of a fight card that was ultimately also put to rest).
McMann appeared on AXS TV's "Inside MMA," where she updated the show's anchors, as well as her fans, on the current state of affairs involving a deal being signed between her and the UFC:
"I'm not exactly supposed to talk about it. Everything's finishing up with Strikeforce, but my manager just says, 'It's in the works.' So, we'll see."
If history repeats itself (as it often does), it's likely that the UFC will aggressively go after the best 135 pound women's fighters in the world, in order that they might develop a strong stable of talent to surround their prized signee, Rousey.
Though it's a high probability that McMann (given her current course) will eventually find herself staring across the cage at Rousey, the 6-0 fighter feels that she still has to make a name for herself before she will be given that honor:
"I think that they planned on having things follow the same route that we were gonna follow with Strikeforce. But, from what I understand, there needs to be a proper build-up to a fight like that. People don't really know me that well. They know her. So, it just doesn't make sense, really, to have it without a strong following for me, too."
McMann also weighed in on her thoughts regarding how the UFC should proceed with the rest of its female signings.
She's a big believer in the depth of female 135-pound MMA, and she also thinks that there are plenty of women who can give Rousey a very real test:
"I think that they should sign a lot of the girls. I think that the talent at 135 [pounds] is very deep. I think it would be a shame to have just one highlight fight for the woman. There's a lot of 135ers that could give her [Rousey] a good run for her money."
A deal between McMann and the UFC remains unofficial, though the writing on the wall appears to point to an agreement being reached when all is said and done.
In the meantime, keep it locked to MMAmania.com for all updates pertaining to the UFC's current quest to enter into the venture of WMMA in a big way.