March 3, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; New champion Ronda Rousey is escorted out of the arena by trainer Edmond Tarverdyan after defeating Miesha Tate during the Strikeforce Grand Prix final at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
Going to be? I think considering the state of women's mixed martial arts (MMA), she's already there.
But far be it from me to correct the President of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), who had time to reflect on Ronda Rousey's joint-jamming win over Miesha Tate in the main event of Strikeforce: "Tate vs. Rousey" last Saturday night (March 3, 2012) in Columbus.
Unfortunately, the brightest stars often burn out the quickest.
That's not to suggest the "Rowdy" one doesn't have the skills to keep herself atop the 135-pound division for years to come, but with Cristiane Santos serving a steroid suspension, the only thing that stands between her and an empty nest is an eager little beaver named Sarah Kaufman.
The Canadian contender (and former champion) is a fierce competitor in her own right, but it could be difficult to generate enough interest in a Rousey vs. Kaufman fight to give it "star" status.
White comments on the future of women's MMA at today's UFC on FOX 3 press conference, after the jump.
"I've been saying for a long time about the women's division. There aren't enough good women to create an entire division but every once in awhile you're gonna have these one-off fights between two women who are very, very good and that happened last weekend. It was a great fight, it was a big fight for women's mixed martial arts and I think Ronda Rousey's gonna be a big star."
Rousey is 5-0 in her professional career, with all five wins coming by way of first-round armbar submission. Her Olympic background, along with her ability to snap elbows, has given combat sports fans plenty to talk about.
But for how long?