Ronda Rousey continued her domination of the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division on Sunday night at UFC 184 with an armbar win over Cat Zingano that was so quick it could be captured entirely in an Instagram video. Rousey is as close to any champion, if not closer, to cleaning out her division. At the post fight press conference, Dana White said she’d be doing a movie next. There really isn’t anybody in the in division that has the credential to warrant a title shot now. There is potential, however, if somebody on the card puts on two more good performances. We’ll have to wait for a contender to emerge while she’s off in Hollywood.

Holly Holm won her UFC debut, although not as dominantly as she hoped, and will probably get another ranked opponent in her next bout. Jake Ellenberger probably saved his job and I could see him being used against a rising welterweight prospect. Tony Ferguson won his fifth consecutive fight and it would be a travesty to not put him against a decent, ranked opponent in the future.

With all that being said, let’s get to some matchmaking for the winners of UFC 184.

Tony Ferguson

I would absolutely love to see a rematch between Ferguson and Michael Johnson. It would be hard to find many more lightweights who have developed as well as these two. Ferguson, as mentioned above, has won five in a row including four finishes. Johnson has shot up the UFC rankings after a dominant performance against Edson Barboza just over a week ago. I know it doesn’t make sense with how the lightweight division is currently ranked because Johnson will probably be matched up against a top 10 guy, but I think Ferguson is good enough to be in the Octagon with Johnson.

Jake Ellenberger

This fight choice was told to me by Jose Youngs. Jake Ellenberger vs. Neil Magny. Six wins in a row warrant a step up in competition for Magny. He’s yet to face anybody ranked by the UFC’s middleweight division, but he’s ready to have that test now. Ellenberger had lost three in a row before submitting Josh Koscheck. He probably saved his job with that win. A win over one of the division’s best up-and-coming fighters would help continue to keep his name relevant at 170 pounds.

Holly Holm

Octagon jitters are a real thing. Not everybody comes into the UFC with tons of hype like Conor McGregor and delivers fantastic finishes right off the bat. Holm looked fine against Raquel Pennington, but not good enough to be next in line for Rousey. With Rousey going to be in another movie, there will be plenty of time to build Holm’s resume before she faces the champion. I want to see a tournament, of sorts, for the women’s bantamweight division. Holm vs. Bethe Correia and Cat Zingano vs. Miesha Tate. You could put those four names in whatever combination you want and the winner of this tournament would definitely be worthy of a title shot.

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Blane Ferguson
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Blane can trace his MMA roots, like many others, to the finale of the first Ultimate Fighter season between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. After watching that incredible fight and cleaning the local Blockbuster of any recorded UFC pay-per-views they had, Blane was hooked on watching the sport and he carried that passion with him to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Blane is a four-year broadcasting veteran of ASU's campus radio including a founder and co-host of the station's combat sports show, The Final Round.