For the second time in as many months the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will send its best female bantamweight champion into the cage to again defend her title. This time it is a battle of Olympic medalists competing again for gold. This only difference is that it’s for UFC gold. We will find out who captures that gold on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ronda Rousey may be outmatched against the muscular mat master, Sara McMann, who can bring her 2004 Olympic Silver Medal in Wrestling to fight Rousey’s 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal in Judo. Could there be a stalemate in the ground aspect? Or may this fight be decided by each ladies stand-up game? Those questions will definitely be answered this coming Saturday in Las Vegas.
Other fights on this card may decide a few of the Welterweight’s new standing in the division. Most notably the fight between Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia will grab your attention.
Speaking of noticeable, who wouldn’t be excited about the co-main event of the evening featuring former Olympic training partners Daniel Cormier versus Patrick Cummins? Cormier has obviously had the most success since his time as an Olympian. Since then he has found multiple successes in the Heavyweight division and he has now moved over to the Light Heavyweight division. As a result, his opponent is now none other than his old partner, Cummins.
Since Cummins has taken this fight there have been many exchanges including what most would consider personal low blows. That has drawn almost enough attention to make one ignore the rest of the card. Cummins makes his UFC debut as an underdog whose Vegas odds are nine to one. Are we looking at slaughter or the upset of the decade?
Last on our list is Demian Maia and Rory “Ares” MacDonald. Most people jumped ship on Maia after his razor-thin decision loss to Jake Shields. That isn’t any good reason to give up on Maia 2.0. MacDonald has had his ups but has had mostly downs of late including lackluster performances to Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger. “Ares” claims motivation to be an issue. My only advice is to find some quickly or face defeat again against a hungry opponent anxious to climb higher up the division ladder.