is now officially the first woman to sign with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
After news broke of Rousey’s signing one week ago, UFC President
Dana White today confirmed the development during an appearance on
“The Jim Rome Show.” Additionally, Rousey verified the news on
Twitter, urging her followers to tell White whom she should first
face in the Octagon.
Rousey, 25, made her pro debut in March 2011 and has since become
one of mixed martial arts’ biggest stars. A 2008 Olympic judo
bronze medalist, “Rowdy” has seen her stock rise with each
impressive in-cage performance.
After stringing together four-straight featherweight finishes --
all of which ended via straight armbar in under 60 seconds --
Rousey made the drop to 135 pounds this past March to challenge
Tate for the Strikeforce
bantamweight title. Though it took the Californian a little longer
than usual, Rousey nonetheless finished Tate in 4:27 with her
patented arm lock, badly hyperextending the former champion’s elbow
in the process.
Rousey then successfully defended her new title on Aug. 18 against
Kaufman, quickly jabbing her way into the clinch before once
again applying the straight armbar. Though Kaufman tried gamely to
resist the submission hold, eventually Rousey managed to extend her
appendage and force the tap at 54 seconds of the opening frame.
Strikeforce is rumored to be holding its final show on Jan. 12,
though promotion officials have made no official announcement
concerning the promotion’s future beyond that date. The event,
which airs on Showtime, will see three titles put up for grabs, as
Rockhold and Nate
Marquardt defend their belts against Pat Healy,
Larkin and Tarec
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