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UFC Prop: Rousey to face male opponent?

UFC women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey has been taken past the first round by only one opponent over her short yet extremely successful MMA career, bitter rival Miesha Tate.

However, Rousey has already defeated Tate twice, including the first time by her trademark armbar submission three years ago for the Strikeforce title, and the champ has no interest in a third meeting. The complete domination of Rousey over her competition – or lack thereof – even prompted UFC commentator Joe Rogan to suggest that she square off against one of her male counterparts at 135 pounds. And Rogan said he thinks she could beat half of them.

Online sportsbook Bovada has even offered a prop bet on whether or not Rogan’s proclamation will actually come to fruition before December 31, 2016. A wager on “Yes” is worth 25/1 for those interested in getting action on that possibility, which may not be a bad bet if Rousey fights and defeats Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino in similar dominant fashion over the next year or so.

Justino has never fought below 145 pounds but is viewed by many as the lone woman who could possibly test Rousey at some point down the road. Other potential challengers for Rousey include former world champion boxer Holly Holm and unbeaten Brazilian Bethe Correia, who has repeatedly called out the champ publicly.

Rousey’s latest victim was former No. 1 contender Cat Zingano at UFC 184, and Zingano ended up as the quickest finish of Rousey's career at only 14 seconds. But Zingano is not alone as one of eight different opponents to lose via first-round armbar submission to Rousey, who had knocked out her previous two foes and remained undefeated with her latest victory.

Zingano is just one of eight opponents that have lost to Rousey in under a minute, four of whom have lasted less than 30 seconds.

Rousey has also been rumored to have sparred with former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz on the men’s side in the past, as she was brought in to help his team on The Ultimate Fighter 15. While Cruz later denied that to be the case in addressing another torn ACL during training for the show, the big question is still out there: Could Rousey beat a fighter of Cruz’s caliber or another 135-pound man?

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