Ronda Rousey will be the first female fighter to compete in the UFC.

The burgeoning superstar remains under contract to Strikeforce, but Rousey's performance in 2012 has convinced UFC president Dana White to add a women's division to the sport's flagship brand.

Rousey still has three fights on her Strikeforce contract, White told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday, and will fulfill that deal before she moves to the UFC. Sports Illustrated first reported Tuesday that the UFC would add women.

"This isn't breaking news," White said. "I've been saying for months that this was absolutely going to happen. I don't know when it's going to be, because [Rousey] is under contract. We don't have the timing figured out yet. It could be a year, year-and-a-half, but I'm [in support of it]. It's going to happen."

For years, White had been a vocal opponent of women's MMA. But when he saw Rousey defeat Miesha Tate in March, he began to warm to the idea of women in the UFC.

His objection in the past was the dearth of quality women, but on Tuesday, he told Yahoo! Sports that he considers Tate, former Olympic silver medalist wrestler Sara McMann and Cris "Cyborg" Santos as first-rate fighters.

Rousey, though, is the biggest name and by far the top attraction. She's the only woman ever to receive votes in the Yahoo! Sports MMA rankings.

White said he wants Rousey in the UFC because he considers her "the real deal."

"Look, I know a lot of people are going to say we're doing this because she's pretty," White said. "But [ex-Strikeforce star] Gina [Carano] was pretty, too. Ronda is a whole other story. She's nasty. She's a real fighter. She not only likes to win, she likes to finish. Think about this: Everyone she fights knows what is coming, that armbar of hers, and no one can stop it. They have a whole [expletive] training camp to prepare for that one move and nobody has been able to stop it yet.

"People who are nasty and technically sound and have that attitude, I love them. She's an Olympic medalist and she's got a great history, but she's in the gym all the time. She's a dude in a girl's body. She loves to beat the [expletive] out of people and she's serious about getting better. She's not saying, 'I'm the champ and I've beaten everyone in the first round,' and taking a victory tour. She's up there in Stockton working with the Diaz brothers, trying to get better."

Rousey is expected to fight in January, though nothing has been announced. Two Strikeforce cards in a row have been canceled, leading to speculation about its future, though White declined to speak about it. White typically refuses to speak about Strikeforce to reporters.

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Texans look like the team to beat in AFC
Lance Armstrong stripped of his seven Tour de France titles
Y! News: Fact checking the final presidential debate
Gilbert Arenas close to deal to play in China

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Conor McGregor just forced Dana White's hand (Yahoo Sports)

  • 12 days ago
  • 45 views

From Yahoo Sports: Thursday may have been Conor McGregor's greatest promotion ever. He won not just the court of public opinion but possibly forced Dana White to put him back on the UFC 200 card. read news >>

Conor McGregor just forced Dana White's hand (Yahoo Sports)

  • 12 days ago
  • 36 views

From Yahoo Sports: Thursday may have been Conor McGregor's greatest promotion ever. He won not just the court of public opinion but possibly forced Dana White to put him back on the UFC 200 card. read news >>

Dana White Comments on Ronda Rousey's Comeback Fight, Holly Holm

  • 15 days ago
  • 39 views

UFC President Dana White confirmed Sunday that Ronda Rousey will have a chance to win back the UFC women's bantamweight title when she steps into the Octagon again. White discussed Rousey's immediate read news >>

Dana White Guarantees Ronda Rousey ‘Will Fight Whoever Has the Belt’ in UFC Return

  • 15 days ago
  • 13 views

We don't know when or where Ronda Rousey will make her UFC return, but Dana White guarantees she'll get a title shot when she does. read news >>

Making sense of Dana White's decision to pull Conor McGregor from UFC 200 (Yahoo Sports)

  • 14 days ago
  • 204 views

From Yahoo Sports: There's no major rift between the UFC and its biggest male star, but if Conor McGregor is looking for a fight with Dana White, he shouldn't expect to win. read news >>

Making sense of Dana White's decision to pull Conor McGregor from UFC 200 (Yahoo Sports)

  • 14 days ago
  • 23 views

From Yahoo Sports: There's no major rift between the UFC and its biggest male star, but if Conor McGregor is looking for a fight with Dana White, he shouldn't expect to win. read news >>

Travis Browne: Media let me down during domestic abuse allegations (Yahoo Sports)

  • 5 days ago
  • 25 views

From Yahoo Sports: Ronda Rousey's boyfriend became emotional and fought back tears on multiple occasions in discussing the claims made by his ex-wife. read news >>

Travis Browne: Media let me down during domestic abuse allegations (Yahoo Sports)

  • 5 days ago
  • 14 views

From Yahoo Sports: Ronda Rousey's boyfriend became emotional and fought back tears on multiple occasions in discussing the claims made by his ex-wife. read news >>

Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey Are Responsible for the UFC's Resurgence

  • 4 days ago
  • 29 views

Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor are the UFC's two marquee attractions. Pay-per-view is a star-driven business, and nobody else on the UFC's roster comes close to matching the profile McGregor and Rou read news >>

Miesha Tate Wants a Trilogy with Ronda Rousey at Madison Square Garden

  • 2 days ago
  • 27 views

Women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is eyeing a third fight against Ronda Rousey at Madison Square Garden if she gets past Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. read news >>