Cat Zingano is currently locked into Ronda Rousey’s radar, as the female bantamweight champion will defend her title in February at UFC 184.
However, that doesn’t mean Rousey isn’t paying attention to others in the 135-pound division.
“I’m keeping an eye on Bethe Correia,” said Rousey, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “She’s undefeated right now. And Holly Holm, I’m looking forward to her debut.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jessica Eye do well this year, too. So all three – I’m very interested to see how the year plays out for them.”
Rousey will be competing for the first time since defending her title vs. Alexis Davis last year. Correia has earned two wins over her “Four Horsewomen” teammates, calling out the champion after each performance.
Holm is a former world boxing champion who was injured late in 2014, delaying her Octagon debut.
As for her current challenger, Zingano carries an unbeaten mark into the planned fight. The two were expected to square off previously, but a knee injury sidelined “Alpha.”
“Cat is an extremely unique fighter,” she said. “Not only is she undefeated, she’s shown an amazing ability to deal with a lot of adversity. There’s been a lot of times in her fights where she’s been down, but she’s never been out.
“There’s been times when he’s close to losing, but there’s never been a time when she didn’t come back. That makes her an extremely dangerous opponent. I have to entirely put her away to the very end. She’s the most risky opponent I’ve never had.”
Rousey does have company in terms of being a female champion in the UFC, as the promotion crowned Carla Esparaza the strawweight champion recently. “Rowdy” believes the division is still growing, but welcomes the addition.
“It’s good and it’s been around a while with Invicta building it up. But it’s little bit younger than the bantamweight division,” she said. “It’s a little striker heavy, so the grapplers have the advantage at the moment and it doesn’t surprise me that Carla is the champ because she has the style advantage over everyone at the top of the division.”