Forget Cris Cyborg, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) needs to book Ronda Rousey vs. Conor McGregor next!
Just kidding, but don't laugh, either.
It has been a record-breaking summer for Dana White and Co. White expects to have back-to-back pay-per-view (PPV) events reach over one-million buys, which would be a first for the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league.
UFC 189 was expected to be the promotion's sole PPV summer blockbuster. After all, it did collect a $7.2 million gate and more than one million PPV buys.
However, White believes UFC 190 (fallout here), which was headlined by a women's Bantamweight title fight between division champion Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia, is headed for better numbers than that of the "best ever" UFC 189 card.
UFC 189 was anchored by the aforementioned boisterous Irishman, who finished late replacement and three-time title challenger Chad Mendes in an interim Featherweight title scrap. Legions of Irish fans converged on MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, not only to see "Notorious" eventually capture the belt, but to witness a classic welterweight title tussle between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald.
If what White says is true, it will mean Rousey has reached a new level of drawing power.
"Rowdy" swiftly defeated "Pitbull" via knockout in the first round (watch highlights here). As she does so well, the 28-year-old Rousey overwhelmed her foe, and flattened their title aspirations, this time with a thud of a right hand.
Rousey is never short on charisma and continues to evolve -- which is so, so scary -- with each passing jaunt to the Octagon. She will continue to draw, even more so if she is paired with this woman next.
In fact, White suggested at UFC 190's post-fight press conference that perhaps Rousey and McGregor might next be featured on the same PPV card in Dec. 2015, which is the next best thing than them fighting.