The UFC crew has put together an in-depth look at some of the interesting facts heading into tonight’s UFC 184 card from Los Angeles.
The event features Ronda Rousey defending her female bantamweight belt vs. Cat Zingano, and FightLine will have complete coverage of all the action.
Check out several key notes regarding those set to compete, along with a “By The Numbers” look at UFC 184 below:
For the first time in UFC history four women will appear at the top of a card as Ronda Rousey will look to defend her title against Cat Zingano in the main event and the co-main will feature highly touted, No. 13 Holly Holm’s promotional debut against No. 12 Raquel Pennington. Rousey will headline a card for the third time in her career, previously receiving top billing at UFC 157 against Liz Carmouche and UFC 170 where she defeated Sara McMann. The UFC continues to break ground in professional sports as these four women take center stage headlining an event featuring both men and women.
BATTLE OF UNDEFEATEDS
The two best women in the bantamweight division will enter the Octagon undefeated; one will leave with her perfect record intact and the UFC championship belt around her waist. 10-0 champion Ronda Rousey is the only champ the division has ever known and will put the title on the line in her own backyard at STAPLES Center against 9-0 Cat Zingano in the main event of the evening. Zingano, the top-ranked contender, has finished eight of her nine pro victories and will undoubtedly be the best striker and toughest test of Rousey’s career.
With a win, Rousey will tie hall of famers Matt Hughes and Tito Ortiz for fourth place on the list of most successful title defenses in UFC history with five. Should the champ win by submission, she’ll move into second place alongside Hughes, Jon Jones and BJ Penn for most submission victories in a championship fight with three.
As Rousey continues to blaze a trail of her own through the record books, Zingano’s story is one of perseverance. After earning a title shot with an April 2013 victory over Miesha Tate, she suffered a devastating knee injury that would cost her the title shot and a coaching position opposite Rousey on TUF. During her 17-month layoff, she not only had to overcome an injury, but the death of her husband as well. Zingano returned to the Octagon in September and steamrolled opponent Amanda Nunes to earn the title shot that was rightfully hers.
Twelfth-ranked Raquel Pennington will welcome highly touted, No. 13 Holly Holm to the UFC Octagon in a battle of top-ranked fighters looking to stake their claim for a shot at Rousey’s belt. Pennington is coming off an impressive first-round victory over Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC 181, while Holm will make her UFC debut with an undefeated record. A former professional boxer with a record of 33-2-3, Holm is arguably the best striker in women’s MMA. Pennington will look to counter Holm’s striking with her solid ground game; she’s finished two fights as a pro and five as an amateur via submission.
One of the last remaining active fighters from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter will return to the Octagon after a 15-month layoff when Josh Koscheck meets No. 11 Jake Ellenberger. Koscheck, a one-time title challenger, will be looking to get back on the winning track after dropping three straight to former champ Johny Hendricks, current champ Robbie Lawler and third-ranked Tyron Woodley. Ellenberger is also riding a three-fight losing streak that’s seen him drop contests to No. 2 Rory MacDonald, Lawler and Kelvin Gastelum. Both fighters are veterans who have been on the brink of glory and will put it all on the line to remain relevant in the stacked 170-pound division.
A plethora of fighters on the card call the greater Los Angeles area home. Headliner Ronda Rousey trains in Glendale and resides in Venice Beach, Jake Ellenberger is a training partner of Rousey’s at Glendale Fighting Club and also trains at Reign in Orange County which is owned by Mark Munoz who will headline the prelims portion of the card. Rounding out the main card, both Alan Jouban and Tony Ferguson train in the area, with Ferguson being an L.A. native as well. With four out of five main card bouts having an L.A. resident involved, it will be a welcome homecoming for some of the sport’s best stars and up-and-comers.