Sure, Ronda Rousey won't be stepping foot inside the Octagon for quite some time, thanks to her latest Hollywood film titled "Mile 22" (more on that here), but that hasn't stopped her fellow bantamweights from making a case for a shot at her strap.
Chief among them are Bethe Correia and Jessica Eye.
While many believe the Brazilian is the front runner to welcome Rousey back into the Octagon once her Tinseltown duties are complete, Eye says if Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmakers are as smart as she thinks they are, they will give the title fight to someone who is more deserving, as well as more skilled.
And as she recently told Rick J. Lee, she fits that description perfectly.
"I know I'm going to get the fight over Bethe with Ronda Rousey. I think the UFC is much smarter than the average fan or much smarter than Bethe. Not to insult her by any means, but she hasn't earned it. Just because you fought her teammates and you made her mad personally, doesn't necessarily mean that you get the fight. And I do think she is smart, she is doing what Ronda did to Miesha (Tate) to get her shot and to get to the title right away in this sport. I don't blame her. But listen, there is a much more skillful person and that's me."
Unfortunately for Eye -- who got back on the winning track against Leslie Smith at UFC 180 last November -- she isn't exactly on "Rowdy's" radar.
After Ronda blitzed through Cat Zingano at UFC 184 last month (video), the Judoka mentioned Bethe and Holly Holm as two potential foes for her next title defense. Furthermore, she recently stated that she has no qualms about going to Brazil and handing the undefeated (9-0, 3-0 UFC) Correia her first loss in front of her hometown crowd.
That said, Eye is headed to The South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive and Film Festival this weekend (March 13-15) in Austin, Texas (details) along with UFC President Dana White and Rousey herself. And since Jessica's managers are expected to go along for the ride, "Evil" expects some "serous negotiating" to take place.
Should she get her way and ultimately get a victory over Rousey, she wouldn't be opposed to having her first title defense come against Bethe.
That way she can "smack her around a bit."