Posted March 3, 2015 by Sydnie Jones in UFC

Ronda Rousey taps Cat Zingano in 14 seconds at UFC 184. What now?!

MMA: UFC 184-Rousey vs ZinganoAt UFC 184 this past Saturday, Ronda Rousey (11-0) successfully defended her title for the fourth time, tapping #1 contender Cat Zingano (9-1) in only 14 seconds with a straight armbar.

The hype around this fight was substantial. In Zingano’s first fight in the Octagon, she stopped Miesha Tate (16-5) with a TKO in round three. Following the death of her husband and a serious injury, Zingano stepped into the Octagon 17 months after her first UFC fight to face Amanda Nunes (9-4). Her performance was dominant, with impressive throws and striking. Nunes was battered and bloody by the time referee Jason Herzog stopped the fight in the third round via another TKO. Alexis Davis, Sara McMann, and Miesha Tate, Rousey’s previous title challengers, didn’t have the same recent record of brutal domination going into their title fights. So Zingano presented the most credible threat to Rousey’s title.

And Rousey dispatched her in the fastest ever title defense in UFC history. It made history in another way, as well; it was the only title defense to finish without a single strike landed. With the #1 contender out of the way, who’s next for Rousey?

Bethe Correia (9-0) may be a contender. She’s taken out two of the so-called “Four Horsewomen,” the Ronda Rousey-headed quartet of female fighters. Most recently, it was Shayna Baszler via TKO at UFC 177, and before that it was Jessamyn Duke via decision at UFC 172. The fourth horsewoman, Marina Shafir, is not in the UFC and fights at 145.

There’s been considerable talk about Holly Holm (8-0), who made her UFC debut at 184, as a future challenger for Rousey, given her extensive professional boxing record. Following a tepid split decision win over Raquel Pennington (5-5), her viability as a credible challenger remains to be seen. Former Invicta bantamweight champion Lauren Murphy (8-1), who faces Liz Carmouche (9-5) next month, is another possible contender.

Rousey has blitzed through all of her competition, and will reportedly make a movie before she considers another title defense. Maybe by then, we’ll know who’s next.

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