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UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey defeated Bethe Correia on Saturday in just 34 seconds to retain her title. Rousey is undeniably the most popular female MMA star in the world and the most popular UFC Champion since Randy Couture.

In the past, stars of the world of entertainment and sports have found their way into the poker arena. With the popularity of Rousey at its peak, now may be the time for one of the big companies in poker to step in and try to sign her to a sponsorship. It would definitely bring name recognition to the game as well as provide women a strong figurehead.

PokerStars Loves Their Sports Heroes

PokerStars is famous for signing big names from the world of sports in the past. Just look at their current Team PokerStars Sportstars lineup:

Ronda Rousey would be a great addition to Team PokerStars. We can already see her being signed and their starting a “See if You Can Knock Out Ronda Rousey” campaign.

Rousey Has a Gamer’s Aptitude

Some of you may not know, but Rousey is an online gamer. According to reports, she’s an avid World of Warcraft player and this gives her a bit of a gamer’s aptitude. Some of the games best players are former and current gamers. Griffin Benger is one prime example of an elite poker player who started as a gamer.

Let’s also not forget the discipline that Rousey has learned over the years through Judo and Mixed Martial Arts. Couple this with her gamer’s aptitude and she could quickly learn how to become proficient at poker.

Opponents Can Last Longer Than 30 Seconds

Ronda Rousey is the modern day Mike Tyson with fights ending almost as soon as they start. Her last three fights have lasted a combined 64 seconds. Anyone playing against Rousey in a poker tournament would be guaranteed to last longer than in a Ronda Rousey fight.

The Rousey Stare Will Have You Crying for Your Mama

Imagine playing in a tournament and having this starting at you from across the table:

ronda rousey face

photo cred: SB Nation/Bloody Elbow

The Ronda Rousey “game face” would trump the “Ivey stare” as one of the most intense stares in the game of poker. Would you be able to call down an all-in shove from Rousey holding less than the nuts?

A Ronda Rousey Poker Knockout Doesn’t Require Smelling Salts

Just ask Bethe Correia what it feels like to get knocked out by Ronda Rousey, that is if she can actually remember. The good thing about playing poker with Rousey is that suffering a knockout from her will not require a team of trainers with smelling salts to escort you out of the arena.

Rousey Could be the Face of “Poker Strong”

Ronda Rousey shatters expectations when it comes to women. She is proving to be one of the most dominant female champions in UFC history and is the poster child of what it means to be a strong woman in today’s world.

Poker could take advantage of this image and use that strength as a way to market to women.

Start the Terrence Chan vs. Ronda Rousey Exhibition Talk

If Rousey were to become sponsored, the talk would start about a potential matchup with poker pro and amateur MMA fighter Terrence Chan. Chan is 3-0 in the amateur ranks and 1-0 in the pro ranks. Chan currently fights at bantamweight and formerly fought at flyweight like Rousey.

Of course, this type of fight would be an exhibition and possibly one that could be used for charity. It would be interesting to see this type of fight develop and how much the poker world would promote it. Naturally, we expect Rousey to pick up the win.

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.

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