After scoring a 3rd armbar victory over hated rival Miesha Tate, Dana White at the UFC 168 post-fight press conference announced that Ronda Rousey (8-0) will have a quick turnaround and will next defend her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title in the main event of UFC 170 against Sara McMann (7-0).
The previously announced main event of Daniel Cormier (13-0) vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans (19-3-1) will instead be placed in the co-main event slot.
In 2013, the former Judo Olympic Bronze medalist Rousey submitted both Liz Carmouche and Miesha Tate. Outside the octagon Rousey was even more busier having coached the 18th season of TUF vs. Tate an having filmed 2 movies Expendables 3 and Fast in the Furious 7, which will both be released in 2014.
McMann in the same year that Rousey would her Olympic medal also won one of her own but it was a silver medal in wrestling. At UFC 159 McMann made her octagon debut by defeating Shelia Gaff by 1st round TKO.
Also added to the February 22, card is a Lightweight match-up pitting fromer Strikeforce title holder Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (22-3) vs. undefeated Russian Sambo fighter Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov (21-0).
Melendez bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to Benson Henderson in a failed attempt to become the UFC Lightweight champion, with a unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez at UFC 166, in a bout that was a fighter of the year candidate.
Nurmagomedov is a perfect 5-0 in the UFC with wins over Kamal Shalorus (SUB), Gleison Tibau (UD), Thiago Tavares (TKO), Abel Trujillo (UD), and Pat Healy (UD).
UFC 170 takes place on February 22, at the Mandalay Bay Eevnts Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada.