If there’s one thing you can say about Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey it’s that beyond her undeniable skills inside the cage, she’s becoming quite the rock star outside of it.
The one time Olympic medalist has now hit the mainstream with appearances on shows like Conan O’Brien, and being featured as one of the most popular covers for this year’s ESPN the Body Issue.
At the recent Sons of Anarchy premiere for FX, Rousey blended in well with the celebrities in attendance, and the photographers just couldn’t enough as she walked the red carpet.
Her star power is beyond question but it is outshone only by her devastating ability to put opponents away when she straps on the gloves and steps inside the cage.
UFC President Dana White has made no bones about it over the past year or so – he is a huge fan of Ronda Rousey. White was actually with Rousey at the Sons of Anarchy premiere and he saw first hand just how much people are clamoring to get even a few seconds of time with the Strikeforce women’s champion.
When it comes to her in cage performances, Rousey is still a contracted Strikeforce fighter, and in the past White has stated that if women’s fighting ever comes to the Octagon, it would be Rousey’s name on the marquee.
Now he’s making an even stronger statement regarding Rousey’s future, if the time was ever right for her to make the move into the Octagon.
“I absolutely, positively would bring Ronda Rousey into the UFC,” White said when speaking to reporters following the UFC on Fuel 5 show in England.
The issue that White has always had with women’s fighting continues to be a thorn in his side which is his belief that there just isn’t enough talent to create full fledged divisions in the UFC for things to stay competitive.
But White has always kept the door open to ‘super fight’ situations, such as a potential mega-bout between Rousey and former Strikeforce champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos.
“There’s still some fun fights for Ronda and some of the other women too, but you’d have to do some one offs,” said White.
If the timing ever works out and White has his wish, Ronda Rousey will be in the UFC, and will make history as the first woman ever to compete inside the Octagon.
To hear the entire conversation with White from UFC on Fuel 5 check out the video courtesy of Fighter’s Only.