Ronda Rousey, formerly packaged as a heel with a thing for elbow-mangling armbars, revealed herself as more than that in her last bout. She's not just a far better fighter than advertised—she's a much more interesting one.
Thanks to Dakota Cochrane's inclusion in the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, UFC is getting high-fives for not discriminating against a fighter who dabbled in gay pornography. That says more about our expectations in re: UFC than it does about anything else.
Tuesday's biggest MMA story was also its gnarliest—a photo of a mangled leg that was purportedly a result of a sparring session gone wrong. It was also totally fake.
With Gina Carano departed for Hollywood, and Cristiane Santos tainted by steroids, women's MMA is pretty threadbare right now. But there is Strikeforce women’s 135 lb. champion Miesha Tate. There is 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist turned arm-breaking savant Ronda Rousey. There is the scheduled March 3 title fight between them. Whoever wins will be the sport’s most visible face.
Star power aside, Brock Lesnar never quite became what he could've been. Alistair Overeem, who ended Lesnar's career last weekend and added another major accomplishment to his own, could become something that no MMA heavyweight has ever been.