Just when you thought that UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, had all but run out of contenders to destroy, a new one has emerged. This past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 73, 27-year-old Brazilian, Amanda Nunes, completely destroyed former title challenger and Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann; choking her out in the very first round. Honestly, this is exactly what the division needed.

Since the UFC introduced the women’s bantamweight division, Rousey has ruled it with an iron first. In six title defenses, only one opponent has even made it out of the first round with her. Rousey’s last three title defenses have lasted a combined 64 seconds. Her dominance has simply been incredible, but at the same time, it has hurt the UFC’s ability to find her credible opponents.

It’s not that there aren’t great female bantamweights in the world, it’s just that Rousey has a knack for making them all look like beginners in the cage. Having already beaten just about every contender for her title, the UFC was going to have to start granting rematches; like the one Miesha Tate has already been granted.

While Tate has earned and is deserving of another fight against Rousey, the same cannot be said for the rest of Rousey’s recent competition. The UFC needed someone to shake things up in the division and Nunes did exactly that.

By decimating McMann, Nunes has established herself as a new contender to Rousey’s crown and a more than viable option for a future title fight. Regardless of whether or not Nunes can truly pose a threat to Rousey doesn’t matter. As her recent performance at UFC 190 has proved, fans aren’t as interested in the level of her competition as they are just seeing her compete in the Octagon.

Rousey is tapping into demographics the UFC never thought possible. As long as new contenders continue to present themselves, the UFC doesn’t need to force unnecessary rematches or unrealistic superfights. They can just keep giving the masses what they want; an absurdly dominant champion.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.