Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight titleholder, Ronda Rousey, is a big star. How big? She blows Brock Lesnar away in terms of mainstream exposure, according to UFC President Dana White.
As for the rest of the women competing inside the Octagon?
Nobody in UFC really cares about them, according to former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 hopeful and current Invicta FC standout Tonya Evinger, who picked her bone with MMA Fighting:
"I think they don't really care about the women. Ronda Rousey is their main worry. She's what they're concerned with. I think they're missing the whole point. They put all the effort in promoting certain people and that's it. It's like when guys like B.J. Penn and Chuck Liddell retired, they didn't build new guys under them. Now no one knows who some of these people are. I think that they're making that same mistake with the women. They're putting all the limelight and the exposure on one woman and forgetting about everyone else... Girls there are active, but not getting that much exposure."
Well, one surefire way to exposure is a knee to the cooter.
I guess the counter to that argument is that UFC went and created an entirely new division for female fighters -- one that doesn't have a Ronda Rousey (yet) -- as well as another season of TUF to help introduce mixed martial arts (MMA) fans to the best strawweights in the world.
How about it fight fans, do you care about any of the female fighters not named Ronda Rousey?