On Friday UFC president Dana White confirmed that his Mixed Martial Arts company has signed Ronda Rousey to a contract making her the first female fighter in their almost two decade history.
While making an appearance on talk radio host Jim Rome’s nationally syndicated show White said “Rousey did sign with UFC. She’s a real fighter and very talented. I think she is going to be a superstar. This girl is nasty.” Rousey also confirmed the signing via Twitter, tweeting “Okay I admit it…I’m officially a @ufc fighter. SO excited! Can’t wait to debut! Let @danawhite know who you want my 1st opponent to be!”
Rousey currently holds the Strikeforce female bantamweight championship and has a 6-0 record to go along with the bronze medal which she won in the 2008 Bejing Olympics in judo. The already most popular female MMA fighter around will receive an incredible boost in her fan base along with notoriety and recognition competing the the sports premier league. The 25-year old California native is not only proficient in judo but also extremely strong at 135 pounds and equally quick which has earned her instant respect around the MMA world.
As many as 2013 eight female fighters could be moving from Strikeforce to UFC giving Rousey plenty of competition for the beginning stages of White’s company expansion.
There has been no confirmation of date or opponent for Rousey’s first fight but when the time does come for such an announcement it should be almost as big as the historic event will be itself.