Ronda Rousey has made an incredible statement over the past year, winning a tremendous number of new fans with her confident, aggressive style both in and out of the ring. One of these fans is UFC president Dana White.
During the post-event interviews after this past weekend’s UFC on Fuel event in England, White told members of the press,
“I absolutely, positively would bring Ronda Rousey into the UFC.”
White has always been amenable to the possibility of one or more women’s divisions in the UFC; however, he has consistently stated that he feels there are not yet enough high-level female athletes competing in women’s mixed martial arts to maintain a competitive division at the UFC level. However, that does not rule out the possibility of putting on occasional superfights featuring female martial artists in the UFC; if anyone has the popularity to headline a major UFC pay-per-view card, it is Ronda Rousey.
Rousey was no stranger to high-level individual competition before she became a mixed martial artist, winning a bronze medal in judo in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She began competing in MMA in 2010, compiling a 3-0 record as an amateur, with all of these wins coming by armbar submission in the first minute of the first round. She continued this trend as a professional; all six of her professional victories to date have been by first round armbar. She is currently the 135 lb. champion for the Strikeforce promotion, which is owned by Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC.