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According to a Jan. 22 post from Bloody Elbow, UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (9-0) knows gruesome leg breaks are just part of the MMA game, so she sees no reason to freak out about them.

Rousey, 26, was in attendance at UFC 168, when former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva suffered a horrific leg break during his fight with Chris Weidman.

The star judoka admits it was tough to watch Silva go down like that, but she understands horrible injuries happen in every sport.

"Stuff like that is bound to happen," Rousey said at a recent media event to promote her UFC 170 fight against Sara McMann. "Like (UFC President) Dana (White) said, those exact injuries happen in basketball. … Regardless of what you’re doing, there’s going to be inherent risk involved. Inherent risk in a kick is not anywhere near something like gymnastics, or judo, or football. In judo, we’ve had several deaths and people getting paralyzed from getting their necks broken.

"It’s just unfortunate that it happened at all. But I don’t think it’s bad for the sport. It’s bound to happen – it’s part of what we do. We just have to accept it for what it is and keep rolling.

"Like the first time I tapped Miesha, I moved the way I did so I could punch her in the face if she didn't tap. I wasn't checking on her arm. It's calculated. Her arm dislocated a little on the first attempt and that's how she got out. You get a little more range of motion when you dislocate a joint. It's problem solving."

Rousey, who fights Sara McMann on Feb. 22 in the main event of UFC 170, is one of the many female fighters who will be competing in the months ahead.

In Rousey's honor, here's a look at ten must-see women's MMA fights scheduled for 2014.

No. 10. Stephanie Alba vs. Jamie Moyle
No. 10. Stephanie Alba vs. Jamie Moyle Courtesy of TXMMA.com

No. 10. Stephanie Alba vs. Jamie Moyle

Texas standout Stephanie "The Cyclone" Alba is set to battle Jamie Moyle in an atomweight fight on Jan. 24 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The fight will be held under the Tuff-N-Uff banner, and will stream online for $12.

No. 9. Andy Nguyen vs. Melissa Timmers
No. 9. Andy Nguyen vs. Melissa Timmers Courtesy of Andy Nguyen

No. 9. Andy Nguyen vs. Melissa Timmers

Andy Nguyen is scheduled to fight Melissa Timmers in a strawweight fight on Feb. 7 under the Warefare MMA banner in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

No. 8. Shannon Culpepper vs. Heather Sachleben
No. 8. Shannon Culpepper vs. Heather Sachleben Courtesy of Sparta Combat League

No. 8. Shannon Culpepper vs. Heather Sachleben

Shannon Culpepper fights Heather Sachleben in a flyweight title bout under the Sparta Combat League umbrella.

The fight is set for Jan. 25 in Denver, Colorado.

No. 7. Brittany Dugas vs Amanda Bobby Cooper
No. 7. Brittany Dugas vs Amanda Bobby Cooper Courtesy of Brittany Dugas

No. 7. Brittany Dugas vs Amanda Bobby Cooper

Brittany Dugas and Amanda Bobby Cooper will both be making their professional debuts on Feb. 15 at a King of the Cage event in Walker, Minnesota.

No. 6. Sarah Alpar vs Delaney Owen
No. 6. Sarah Alpar vs Delaney Owen Courtesy of Sarah Alpar

No. 6. Sarah Alpar vs Delaney Owen

Delaney Owen fights Sarah "Too Sweet" Alpar in a flyweight bout on Jan. 25 at Sugar Creek Showdown in Hinton, Oklahoma.

Owen, the top-ranked amateur fighter in Florida, will be making her pro debut in the bout.

 

No. 5. Marina Shafir vs TBA
No. 5. Marina Shafir vs TBA Courtesy of Marina Shafir

No. 5. Marina Shafir vs TBA

Marina Shafir is actively searching for an opponent to fight her on Feb. 9 in Hollywood, Calif.

Shafir is one of the fastest-rising amateur 145-pounders in the world, and a victory on Feb. 9 could propel her into the pro ranks.

No. 4. Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Andrade
No. 4. Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Andrade Courtesy of Zuffa/Promo photo

No. 4. Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Andrade

TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena fights hard-hitting bantamweight contender Jessica Andrade on the preliminary card of UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas.

The fight is slated for March 15.

No. 3. Miesha Tate vs Liz Carmouche
No. 3. Miesha Tate vs Liz Carmouche Photo by Eric Holden

No. 3. Miesha Tate vs Liz Carmouche

Miesha Tate will look to get back into bantamweight title contention with a win over Liz Carmouche.

The fight will be held on a UFC on FOX card slated for Apr. 19 in Orlando, Florida.

No. 2. Alexis Davis vs Jessica Eye
No. 2. Alexis Davis vs Jessica Eye Photo by Esther Lin/ Courtesy of Invicta FC

No. 2. Alexis Davis vs Jessica Eye

Alexis Davis fights Jessica Eye on Feb. 22, as part of the UFC 170 card that will be headlined by Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann.

In all likelihood, the winner of Davis vs Eye will fight the winner of Rousey vs McMann.

No. 1. Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann
No. 1. Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann Photo by Eric Holden

No. 1. Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann

"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey defends her UFC bantamweight title belt on Feb. 22, as she fights former Olympic wrestler Sara McMann.

The fight will be held in Las Vegas, Nev.

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