The best thing that's happening to women's combat sports in general is that women's boxing is going to be in the next Olympics.
It's unfortunate that Cyborg tested positive for steroids.
It's unfortunate that Carano isn't fighting because she's got a movie career starting out.
But you can't make a sport on one person. One person can draw attention, but you need the next hundred people providing quality. Not just heart but a quality all around skillset. The problem with women's mma is that the #9 #10 fighters in any given weight class aren't that good.
Exactly. Someone like Rousey can raise the profile a tiny bit, but the bottom line is there is nothing remotely competitive about women's MMA, the talent pool is way too small right now.
The only way it's going to get better is if the UFC/Strikeforce is willing to put some serious effort into promoting it, for years, while basically taking a loss doing so. I don't get the impression they are all that eager to do that.