4) No Rousey
The return of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey may be the biggest topic in MMA today.
She is undoubtedly one of the top five most popular UFC fighters of all time, and an international icon that would attract millions of eyes to UFC 200 in July. However, she is nowhere to be found.
On one hand, you have to condone Rousey for taking some time off and regrouping. The knockout defeat she suffered at the hands and feet of Holly Holm at UFC 193 was downright brutal. Taking the necessary measures to reprogram her body is one of the smartest career decisions she could have made, whether that time is spent working with Hollywood directors or not.
But on the other hand, UFC 200 would be nearly 10 months removed from Rousey’s last fight. That’s fairly substantial. The UFC should have paid her whatever she wanted to come back on the biggest card of all time.