Ronda Rousey is without a doubt one of the biggest draws in mixed martial arts (MMA) today. So why is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion not headlining pay-per-view (PPV) events?
Because she weighs a measly 135 pounds, according to company president Dana White.
Before you get all riled up and start crying foul, dive in to see White's explanation to UFC's The Download.
"It has nothing to with her not being a star. It goes by weight. If she was the highest weighted champion on the card, she would be the main event, but you have two guys that are middleweights and she weighs 135 pounds -- so she's the co-main."
"Rowdy" pulled co-main event duties at UFC 175 when she throttled Alexis Davis in under 20 seconds (video), playing second fiddle to UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman's title fight against Lyoto Machida.
History will repeat itself once again when Rousey's title fight against Cat Zingano will be the co-main attraction at UFC 184 on Feb. 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif., as Weidman will get the headlining bout once more as he defends his strap against Vitor Belfort.
Not that Ronda minds, as she has gone on record saying she is okay with being Weidman's co-pilot during events, seeing as how they seem to win whenever they are on the same card.
Speaking of UFC 184, White revealed that he decided to stack the deck with two title fights as a way to make it up to "The City of Angels" for the whole UFC 176 debacle that saw the promotion cancel an event for the second time in its 20-year history.
"The last L.A. / Staples Center fight we had with Aldo killed it. Ticket sales were awesome and then we had to shut that thing down. I just wanted to bring a great card back to L.A. Now we have Weidman versus Belfort and Ronda versus Cat."
For the record, Rousey did headline UFC 168 and UFC 170, as her championship bouts were the only title fights on the line. The question is, will she be main, or co-main event if she is placed on the same card as men's bantamweight champ, T.J. Dillashaw?