Legendary strawweight talent Angela "Your Majesty" Magana is the transcendent superstar women's MMA has been desperately searching for since "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey was pummeled into oblivion by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
With the WWE-bound Rousey on an extended hiatus from cage-fighting and Miesha "Cupcake" Tate happily retired, women's MMA isn't in the spotlight as much as it was in 2013. The women's side of the sport needs a fresh start in order to let some new young stars to emerge into the spotlight. Reigning UFC title holders Nunes and Joanna Jedrzejczyk have proven to be dominant world champions, but neither has caught on as a major pay-per-view draw.
The "Lioness" fell out of favor with Dana White after she withdraw from UFC 213 on short notice, and "Joanna Champion" lacks the knockout power to captivate most casual fans of the sport. Even the heavy hitters at featherweight have had trouble catching on with the mainstream, as Holly Holm and Cris "Cyborg" haven't yet proven to be major needle-movers at the box office.
At UFC 218, Magana will have the opportunity to take over where Rousey left off and restore women's MMA to its former glory. Let's be honest: The timing couldn't be better for her return. No one knows when or if Rousey will return to the UFC, and the proven "Rousey killers" -- Holm and Nunes -- failed to catch on as household names.
Magana, a pioneer and legend in the women's side of the sport, has the charisma, marketable good looks and electrifying fighting style to break through as a mainstream star and put some shine back on the women's side of the sport. She'll be taking on Amanda "ABC" Cooper in one of the featured strawweight fights on the UFC 218 PPV card.
The 34-year-old Magana hasn't appeared inside the Octagon in over two years, so her return has been one of the most hotly-anticipated comebacks in company history. UFC 218 goes down Dec. 2 at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena.