Now that we have a changing of the guard in women’s mixed martial arts (MMA), it’s time to see if Holly Holm can pick up where Ronda Rousey left off.
“The Preacher’s Daughter” finished “Rowdy” at UFC 193 a few weeks ago (see it again here), shocking the world and turning the women’s bantamweight division upside down.
And it’s not necessarily a good thing, according to Brendan Schaub.
At least not for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as “Big Brown” says there is no other woman on the roster — Holm included — who can headline a pay-per-view (PPV) event like Rousey did. Aside from taking care of business inside the cage, you have to have the personality to go with it, as well.
Schaub elaborated during a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience (via FOX Sports):
“What’s going to be interesting to see in the UFC — let’s just say Ronda was like ‘fuck this noise, I’m out, I’ve got so much money I’m Scrooge McDuck of girls’ so she peaces out, what happens to women’s MMA? ‘Cause you can paint it how you want, but Ronda made women’s MMA. She’s a superstar. There’s no other headliner like her. You can’t have Paige (VanZant) as a main event on a pay-per-view. Would never happen. That’s not a main event. It’s not going to sell pay-per-views. (Ronda) was a superstar since day one. She’s not Ronda Rousey — (Paige) could be but right now if Ronda dips out, Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate is a co-main event. It’s a co-main event. There’s a dude as a main event, there’s no other girl right now who could carry a pay-per-view card. You’re bat shit crazy. The UFC knows that. I’m just saying what Ronda did for the sport, there’s no one even close. Right now, every other girl’s a co-main event. I’m just saying women’s MMA, if Ronda peaces out, has a long way to go and ‘Cyborg’ isn’t your answer. If ‘Cyborg’ is your champ, it kills women’s MMA for a little bit and Holly (Holm) doesn’t have the personality to carry the torch the way that Ronda does.”
I don’t think that’s going to make Schaub too popular with the ladies of MMA.
As far as lacking personality, it doesn’t seem as if Holm has that problem, as she recently took on the challenge of a whirlwind media tour following her victory in Melbourne, Australia, impressing the masses in the process.
Still, it remains to be seen if Holm — or any other female fighter, for that matter — can fill the big PPV shoes left behind by Rousey.