Ronda Rousey StrikeforceUFC president Dana White recently made it official – with the signing of former Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey – that women’s mixed martial arts has finally found a place in the Octagon… at least, for now.

White has also been quick to add that he feels there are enough quality women’s fights to be made for the next couple of years, but hasn’t laid concrete plans beyond that.

“We’re kind of playing with it and we’ll see how this thing works out,” he said following UFC 154 on Saturday night. “I know this. Over the next couple of years, we’ve got fights in the 135-pound division. Good fights.”

That doesn’t mean that he’s not serious about the bringing women into the Octagon.

He’s very serious. He’s already declared Ronda Rousey “the first ever women’s UFC champion.”

But had you asked Dana White a year or so ago, he would have told you that the women’s divisions just weren’t deep enough with talent to have them fighting in the UFC.

He still believes that to some extent, because the only division he’s committed to right now is the women’s 135-pound bantamweight division. It’s the women’s division with the deepest talent pool to draw from, and with the brightest star at the top.

As such, Rousey will be afforded the same treatment as any other UFC champion. White is expecting her to debut on a pay-per-view, possibly even headlining.

“She’s the champ,” remarked White. “Unless there’s a weight division higher than her that the champ would be defending the title, then yeah, she’d be the main event.”

He still fell short of naming the woman that will be standing across the Octagon from Rousey when she makes her UFC debut, but one name that has quickly rocketed out of favor is Cris Cyborg.

Saying that it doesn’t seem the Cyborg really wants to fight Rousey, White afforded no weight class or catchweight concessions to try and make that fight happen, as much promotional potential is it might have attached to it.

“I’m bringing in the 135-pound division. That’s what I’m doing,” said White, indicating that Cyborg would have to make the 135-pound class if she wanted to fight Rousey.

That’s not likely to happen, but for the UFC, Cyborg isn’t the focal point, Rousey is.

“I think that Ronda has the potential to be a big star,” said White. “She’s already getting media that we’ve never got before and she’s never even set foot in the UFC yet.”

Rousey is the one that the UFC is counting on to make a splash, the one that they can easily promote to force that door open for women. At the end of day, however, it will take a whole stable of fighters like Miesha Tate, Liz Carmouche, Sarah Kaufman and numerous others to establish roots in the Octagon that can’t be easily torn up.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest UFC news and updates.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

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

  • 17 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

  • 17 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 >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor has been pulled from UFC 200 headliner vs. Nate Diaz

  • 15 days ago
  • 57 views

The UFC 200 main event between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is off, promotion President Dana White said today. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Conor McGregor Pulled from UFC 200

  • 16 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been pulled from his UFC 200 main event against Nate Diaz on July 9. read news >>

UFC Yanks Conor McGregor; ‘He Will Not Be a Part of UFC 200' – Dana White

  • 15 days ago
  • 28 views

Dana White on Tuesday announced that Conor McGregor was pulled from UFC 200. That came following McGregor's tweet of a retirement. read news >>

Dana White Explains Pulling Defiant Conor McGregor from UFC 200 (Video)

  • 15 days ago
  • 174 views

UFC president Dana White went on ESPN to break the news and explain why officials pulled Conor McGregor from the UFC 200 fight card in July. read news >>

HOT TWEETS: Dana White Pulls Conor McGregor from UFC 200 and Twitter Breaks Again

  • 15 days ago
  • 294 views

If Conor McGregor’s retirement tweet wasn’t enough to blow up Twitter, Dana White going on SportsCenter to announce the UFC pulled Conor from UFC 200 surely did the trick. EXTRA SAUCE: Dana White Exp read news >>

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

  • 15 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)

  • 15 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 >>

Twitter reacts to Conor McGregor being pulled from UFC 200 vs. Nate Diaz

  • 15 days ago
  • 63 views

UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday night that featherweight champ Conor McGregor had been pulled from his UFC 200 main event rematch with Nate Diaz. See how social media reacted to the news. read news >>