bantamweight champion Ronda
Rousey will reportedly become the first female to join the
UFC roster, according to TMZ.com.
The report also states that the move will coincide with the end of
Strikeforce in the coming year, though parent company Zuffa has
released no official statement on the matter. While TMZ reported
that Rousey is expected to defend her new UFC title in 2013,
neither a date nor an opponent were specified.
Currently, Strikeforce has scheduled a
show for Jan. 12 that will feature a trio of title fights, as
Marquardt and Luke
Rockhold defend their belts against Pat Healy,
Saffiedine and Lorenz
Larkin, respectively. The event takes place at the Chesapeake
Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and airs on Showtime.
Rousey, 25, has been perfect as a mixed martial artist thus far,
racking up six first-round finishes in as many outings. The 2008
Olympic judo bronze medalist made her Strikeforce debut last year,
posting back-to-back wins as a featherweight before winning the
bantamweight title from Miesha Tate
in her 135-pound debut. Known for her deadly straight armbar,
Rousey defended her title for the first time on Aug. 18, submitting
former champion Sarah
Kaufman with her favorite technique in just 54 seconds.