If there was any doubt if Ronda Rousey was truly the face of women's mixed martial arts (MMA) and would be the one to take it to the next level, it was all laid to rest this past weekend (Aug., 18, 2012) in San Diego, Calif., as "Rowdy" dispatched Sarah Kaufman via, you guessed it, first round armbar submission.
The win marked her fifth straight in the opening frame, all via armbar, and all with barely breaking a sweat. The victory also marked her first-ever defense of her Strikeforce bantamweight strap, which she emphatically claimed from Miesha Tate five months earlier at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey.
But what's next for the "Rowdy" one?
The next logical step would seem to be a much-anticipated showdown between her and former women's featherweight titleholder, Cristiane Justino.
Though the match won't be able to go down until "Cyborg" completes her suspension for steroids, which will be up in December, there is one major stipulation she must agree to before Rousey will sign on the dotted line:
Strict drug testing.
Appearing on today's (Aug., 20, 2012) edition of The MMA Hour, Rousey's manager, Darin Harvey, talks about why he would ask for the drug testing, which he also said he would pay for himself, before a bout agreement will ever be signed.
Check it out:
"I'll tell you why. I believe this is not the first time she used steroids; it's only the first time she's been caught. I wasn't surprised. People have speculated but you couldn't really prove it. Now, it's been proven. This is my belief. I'm not a doctor, but I've been around athletes my whole life and I believe that when you take steroids, you alternate your body permanently. Maybe you lose some of the muscle mass, but a lot remains. So she's permanently altered her body. And I want everything to be to our advantage. She's been taking male hormones, and it's not only unethical, it's freaking dangerous, and you're endangering the lives of the athletes. She's coming in there basically with man-like strength or male hormones in her body, and she's endangering the lives of our athletes."
Harvey is adamant that until Cyborg and her team agree to the drug testing, there will be no fight taking place:
"I won't sign the bout agreement unless they agree to random drug testing throughout the camp. From the beginning, from the date that the bout agreement is signed, or maybe even before that point, until the day that they fight. And if they don't agree to that, we won't fight her."
Drug testing aside, there is still a matter of agreeing to a weight class.
Cyborg, who competes at 145-pounds, wants it to be a catchweight fight of 140-pounds while Rousey claims that she shouldn't have to go up to fight her, but rather the challenger should come down to the champs weight class of 135-pounds.
Though only five pounds apart, it seems like miles away for those who eagerly await this colossal showdown.
How about it Maniacs, what's your take on Darin's request? Should Cyborg agree to the drug testing set forth by team Rousey before a bout is agreed upon?