According to a July 6 report from Yahoo! Sports, women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and middleweight superstar Chris Weidman both successfully defended their belts at UFC 175. Rousey needed just seconds to defeat Alexis Davis in the UFC 175 co-main, while Weidman eked out a decision win over Lyoto Machida. Rousey and Weidman both revealed at the UFC 175 post-fight presser that they are already thinking about returning to action.
At the UFC 175 post-fight press conference, Rousey and Weidman were both asked when they would like to fight again. Specifically, Rousey was asked if she saw herself fighting against before the end of the calendar year. Rousey made no hesitation with her answer, as she announced that she would like to compete again on the UFC's year-end card in December. Weidman then chimed in, explaining that he would like to stick with Rousey by competing on the same card to cap off the year.
Rousey and Weidman's comments were likely music to the ears of UFC President Dana White, who knows a card featuring the both of them will deliver huge ratings. After all, UFC 168 featured Rousey and Weidman, and it sold over a million pay-per-views. The numbers for UFC 175 haven't come out yet, but it had a lot of hype behind it and likely sold a lot of pay-per-views. If the formula is working, there's no reason to mess with it.
Since Rousey and Weidman have been successful in drawing big ratings on back-to-back cards they were featured on, the UFC would be smart to have them in the co-main and main events for the year-end card in December. Weidman is likely to fight MMA legend Vitor Belfort next, while Rousey is expected to take on Cat Zingano. Putting Weidman vs. Belfort and Rousey vs. Zingano on the same card would absolutely deliver huge numbers for the UFC.
Many fight fans have been complaining about a watered down product, but UFC 175 felt like a big event. There were several must-see fights on the UFC 175 main card, including Rousey vs. Davis and Weidman vs. Machida. The UFC must see by now that putting Rousey and Weidman together on the same card is a winning combo, so fight fans can expect the promotion's higher-ups to continue with the trend.