UFC Insider: Too much hype over Ronda Rousey?

Showdown Joe answers several fan questions in his weekly UFC Central Ask the Insider column including if the UFC is overhyping Ronda Rousey and what happens if Chris Weidman beats Anderson Silva in a rematch.


After last week’s hiatus due to being in Sin City to cover the insanity that was UFC 162, I am back this week to answer some interesting questions from the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

The name of the game is promotion. And if Rousey isn’t out there, she will fall off the radar in the blink of an eye. For every person that is “tired of her already”, there’s about a million who have no idea who she is, and haven’t heard a peep from her since her last fight. There is a big difference between UFC fans, MMA fans, and the casual fan.

With two title fights already added to the card, I believe the rest of the matchups will be filled up by at least one more divisional contender bout, as well as a handful of Canadian talent.

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Mark Munoz immediately comes to mind.

Thanks a million for the kind words. I’m sure you are referring to Tom Wright’s comments at the UFC 165 kickoff presser. Like yourself, I was smiling ear to ear. I have not been out west in a very long time. Seeing as TJ Grant’s stock continues to rise, I can see him headlining a card out there very soon.

Unfortunately not. Like most jurisdictions that are steadfast against MMA, or the development of MMA talent, until there is a changing of the guard with some of the powerful politicians, everything will remain the same. Remove those who block progress, and the floodgates will open for the real MMA dream to come true. That’s the UFC, all the way down to amateur MMA.

The changing of the guard will take place after the rematch. That’s generally the solidifying point for many new champions who have dethroned one that held a title for a very long time. If Chris can do it again, then it’s the final stamp of approval. His victory last Saturday night, proved that he is the man at 185 lbs. But ask any man or woman who has ever held a title, and they will tell you the same thing: the hardest part isn’t becoming the champion, it’s defending the title that is the most difficult to do.

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Seeing as neither Werdum or Cormier has an opponent, they are both in the top ten, and coming off victories, logic would dictate that the UFC matchmaking team put this bout together.

I could simply answer “no”, but allow me to explain. The general consensus for a super fight is when two champions who are in chronological divisions have cleaned out their respected weight classes. Chris is about eight fights away from doing that. Jonny is one, maybe two more away. Once there is no one left for Chris to fight, then he will be mentioned in superfight talk. Until then, he must first deal with the rematch with Anderson Silva, then almost every guy in the middleweight top ten. And remember, those very rankings change almost every time a top ten guy competes. From Belfort to Jacare; from Okami to Munoz, there are many middleweights that are lining up to get a crack at that title.

Yes. About two or three. And a gentleman never tells. Karma has already dealt with them years ago :)

Three guys: Anderson, “The Spider”, then Silva.

If Weidman is still the champ, sure. But Vitor Belfort and many others will have a say before Yushin gets another crack at UFC gold.

Anderson had an entourage that was 35 deep. He’s only allowed four guys in the corner. He selected those he believed would help him win. Not sure Soares wanted to be in the corner anyway. Big Nog, yes, but Anderson has the final say.

I don’t really have a favourite fighter per say. I respect every man and woman that steps into octagon, as it was something I was never able to do in my youth. There are many fighters who I have always enjoyed watching and tend to get more amped up when they compete. Guys like GSP, Anderson, Edgar, Penn, Mir, Couture, Wanderlai, Condit, Diazand Fedor. Generally, if greatness or devastation was on the docket, I’d have to remind myself to breathe.

I predicted Werdum to defeat Fedor, so it should not have been a shock for me. I jumped off my couch when it happened, as I could not believe it actually took place, but more for the “I told you so” to all the haters that ripped me online. I think it was bigger, as Fedor was figuratively undefeated at the time. A legend, a myth and a warrior lost fair and square.

Weidman winning wasn’t much of a surprise, as Anderson was messing around and was bound to get caught. When you play with fire, you get burned.

Yup. Will likely have two of them in 2014.

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