Only two female fighters competing for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have won three fights inside the Octagon. The first, naturally, is UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who polished off Sara McMann last Saturday night (Feb. 22, 2014) in the main event of UFC 170 (replay here).
The other is Alexis Davis, following last weekend's win over Jessica Eye.
That said, both Rousey and UFC President Dana White look to schedule "Rowdy's" next bantamweight title defense against Cat Zingano, who was originally granted a crack at the crown by disposing of Miesha Tate last September. Unfortunately, "Alpha" was felled by injury, then suffered a devastating personal loss.
"The poor girl has been through a lot over the past year," White said during the UFC 170 post-fight press conference (watch it). "So we'll see what happens with Cat. But I agree with Ronda that she's next in line."
The show must go on.
You can still have Zingano get the next 135-pound title shot without holding the division hostage, which may be best for business, considering we have no idea when "Alpha" will make her Octagon return. Without a concrete timeline, there's really no reason to not book Rousey vs. Davis for a summer event.
Then promise Zingano the winner.
Outside of those two women, not many challenges await the dominant Olympian, who has quickly cleaned out the UFC bantamweight division. Not that it was all that deep to begin with, but you get the idea. And locking up Davis followed by Zingano allows some of the other female fighters to get a winning streak going.
If nothing else, it at least buys us some time until UFC finally signs "Cyborg."