Countdown to UFC 184 focused only on two fights and for good reason.
I don’t think we need to see how Jake Ellenberger and Josh Koscheck were doing.
Usually the countdown show is all about making fans believe that the underdog has a chance to beat the favorite. With Ronda Rousey, it’s a bit different. After watching her beat Miesha Tate twice and dominate Sara McMann and Alexis Davis, it’s a bit harder to do so in a believable way.
Instead, they decided to focus on Cat Zingano’s struggles. For those who don’t know, Zingano was scheduled to coach The Ultimate Fighter with Rousey after beating Miesha Tate but was injured and missed out on the event. Her estranged husband then committed suicide, leaving her and their son.
From the Rousey side, it’s almost as if Rousey needs to create new challenges for herself. In this case, she discussed being the healthiest she’s been since she was a teenage judoka. She also discussed not weight lifting anymore because she has such a good base. She just swims and trains.
While their fight took up the majority of the countdown, Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington got a few minutes. It was a quick MMA introduction to Holm who is actually lesser known to the common fan than Pennington because of Pennington’s stay on TUF. Holm looks to be another level of athlete, but Pennington is tough and will be hard to stop. It should be a good fight and one that will allow Holm to get her UFC feet wet.