Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan, like a majority of hardcore mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, will be tuning in for the upcoming UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 30, 2016, inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That’s because former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (12-1), still considered to the the biggest name in UFC (sorry, Conor), will make her first appearance since Holly Holm stiffened her at UFC 193 in Australia.
Naturally, you can’t have a cage fight without an opponent, but the promotion can’t be bothered with Brazilian champion Amanda Nunes (13-4) because this is show business and “Rowdy” moves the proverbial needle.
Much to the chagrin of purists like Rogan.
“I find it extremely bizarre that all these UFC 207 promos only focus on Ronda and very little about the champion,” Rogan wrote on Twitter. “Ronda deserved every bit of hype she got, but Holly KO'ed her, Miesha choked out Holly, and Amanda smashed Miesha. That should be respected.”
Respect? As if!
Nunes was already ranked in the top five of the division when Rousey entered the Octagon to fight Holm in late 2015; however, “Lioness” -- along with the rest of the bantamweights — were treated like props in the shadow of the Olympian.
But you meet the same people on the way down who you met on the way up.
The soft-spoken Brazilian went on a four-fight tear, which included three violent finishes, and usurped the throne from “Cupcake” Tate earlier this summer. Since then, we haven’t really heard much from UFC in terms of promotion.
Bizarre ... or business as usual?