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The Ronda Rousey Problem: Why the Breaking Point is Near

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Stop me if you’ve heard this song and dance before: Ronda Rousey has an upcoming pay-per-view match and her opponent is hyped up to be her toughest challenge ever. However, a few seconds into the fight, Rousey wins an uncompetitive mismatch.

That exact scenario is going to happen again at UFC 193. The Ronda Rousey problem for Dana White is simple: there’s not a 135-pound woman in the world that can beat her or even give her a serious fight.

So how much longer are casual fans going to fork over $50 to watch Rousey arm bar another helpless woman in one minute or less?

Soon, if we’re not there yet, a UFC match featuring women will no longer be newsworthy and fans are going to want exciting, competitive matches – where, you know, the opponent actually has a chance of winning.

Unless White stops hiding Rousey from the heavier Cris Cyborg, the PPV numbers are are bound to start falling. And with her being the UFC’s top draw, that’d be a gut-punch to the business part of the sport.

Of course, this all speaks to Rousey’s greatness. She’s a one of a kind pioneer of sorts in that she’s about a decade ahead of any other woman at her weight. Thus, she’s unbeatable against other 135-pounders.

But ultimately, people – particularly casual fans – watch fights to be entertained. Watching Rousey destroy inferior competition will only be entertaining for so long.

Dana White, this means the money train is going to start slowing way down unless you solve the problem at hand.

UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm takes place this weekend on November 15, 2015 at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

By Jerome Matthews

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