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Ronda Rousey penciled in for three UFC fights in 2014

According to a Feb. 20 report from MMA Fighting, UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (8-0) has been penciled in for three UFC fights in 2014.

Rousey is set to fight Sara McMann on Feb. 22 in the main event of UFC 170, and a win there could set her up for a fight this summer against the winner of Jessica Eye vs Alexis Davis.

Theoretically, Rousey could then cap off 2014 with a fight on the UFC's year-end show in December.

"She'll fight three times this year," White said of Rousey.

The star judoka might just be the current face of the UFC, as Georges St-Pierre may never return to the cage and Anderson Silva could also be gone forever.

With that said, UFC President Dana White praised Rousey for all she's done for the promotion. He also praised Rousey for being a bit of a salesperson and not just a fighter.

"I was reading this thing today that said she was nervous about the PPV buys," White said. "You know? It's unbelievable. What other fighter gives a sh*t how many pay-per-view buys they're going to do on Saturday? ... She's worried about the pay-per-views. Relax. Don't be worried about the pay-per-view buys.

"I like that about her, but I'm glad she feels she has to worry about the pay-per-view buys. That's one of the many things I love about Ronda Rousey. Ronda is, I'm telling you, the hardest worker I've ever seen, especially in this sport. The hardest worker I've ever seen, and she does everything the right way, man."

Analysis: The UFC set up Rousey's 2014 agenda absolutely perfectly. Having Rousey fight McMann in Feb. sets her up to return to action for a huge show in June or July.

Rousey could then have a five-month break before hitting the cage for a big year-end show.