One year after Octagon debut, Ronda Rousey relieved to have UFC crown a new women's champion

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

With the first-ever UFC women's strawweight champion set to be crowned later this year, bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey is looking forward to having another female titleholder to help her lead the charge and perhaps take a load off her shoulders.

Ronda Rousey has without a doubt been the driving force behind the explosion of women's mixed martial arts (MMA).

Especially in giving women the chance to compete inside the worlds famous Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, something promotion president Dana White swore would never happen.

But not even "Rowdy" -- or White, for that matter -- could have imagined the impact the popularity of women's MMA would have in the sport, his company, and Ronda herself.

And during her first full whirlwind year as a UFC fighter, Ronda says she is looking forward to having another woman help her carry the load with the addition of the new strawweight division (details).

Her words during Thursday's (Feb. 22, 2014) UFC 170 pre-fight press conference:

"I would describe it as juggling on a unicycle. That's my favorite analogy. It's been really fun. It's definitely a whirlwind and challenging at times. I think women's MMA has made so much more progress than I even could have hoped for that even within that one year we've already added a second division. I'm really looking forward to how the 115-pounds go and I'm really looking forward to having another women's champion in the UFC."

Indeed, one could argue that the star power of Rousey -- one that has helped her become the biggest star the promotion has ever had -- has brought in a whole new audience to MMA.

Hollywood included.

But now that a new breed of female fighters are set to storm the Octagon, "Rowdy" is happy to share the load -- and the pressure --  with another champion.

Something that will maybe give Rousey more time to focus on her future "Tinseltown" endeavors.

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