Ronda Rousey - StrikeforceUFC president Dana White was at one time one of the most-staunch opponent’s of bringing women’s MMA to the Octagon.

For the longest time, he said that the talent pool in the various weight divisions on the women’s side of the sport just weren’t deep enough to start promoting women’s MMA in the Octagon.

The times they are a changing.

White has publicly softened his stance on the matter in recent months, particularly with the emergence of Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and the star power that has followed.

“I don’t think I’ve been too shy about what I think about Ronda Rousey, and not only did she look impressive (against Sarah Kaufman), but her numbers killed it on Showtime, too. Ronda Rousey is a star,” White said during a recent fan chat for Metro PCS.

“I don’t know how many of you have Showtime Extreme, but the fight with Miesha Tate (against Julie Kedzie) was awesome, and I am warming up to women’s MMA.”

“Warming up” may be an understatement.

White now seems dead set on women’s MMA making its way into the Octagon. It now appears to be simply a matter of when, not if.

White on Tuesday told SI.com’s Melissa Segura that a women’s division in the UFC is “absolutely going to happen.”

That doesn’t mean that adding women to the UFC roster is going to happen overnight. Even adding the men’s flyweight division took more than a year to be instituted after White’s initial declaration that it was coming.

The UFC would be hard pressed to institute a women’s division without Rousey, but she is currently under contract to Strikeforce – the UFC’s sister company – and locked in for three more fights.

Strikeforce, of course, has traveled a rocky road recently. There has been and still is strong speculation that the promotion’s days are numbered despite an intended January 2013 event.

Following back-to-back cancellations of Strikeforce’s two most recent events, a contract with promotion won’t mean much if everything finally unravels and Strikeforce calls it a day.

All of the ifs, ands, and buts mean little. The real focal point is the shift in thinking.

As White told SI.com, “The point is I’m committed to this.”

So women’s MMA is coming to an Octagon near you, it’s just a matter of who and when.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your MMA news and updates.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

After chair near-incident, Dana White admits Conor McGregor gets special treatment – for good reason

  • 26 days ago
  • 31 views

The pre-fight news conference for UFC 205 delivered another memorable Conor McGregor moment for his career highlight reel: That time he picked up a metal folding chair and was ready to drop it on opp read news >>

Dana White Stumped for Donald Trump; Will the Next President Show at UFC 205? | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC president Dana White stumped for now-President-Elect Donald Trump, but will the next U.S. president return the favor? read news >>

UFC boss Dana White: 'I would never take the risk of headlining a show with Jon Jones again'

  • 26 days ago
  • 89 views

UFC President Dana White appears to have lost faith in former UFC champion Jon Jones following his one-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Association (USADA) for a failed drug test prior to UF read news >>

Dana White says Kelvin Gastelum done at 170 after missing weight for UFC 205

  • 25 days ago
  • 26 views

Kelvin Gastelum’s time as a welterweight is apparently over for good after he missed weight today for the third time in his UFC career.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White: Kelvin Gastelum Will Never Again Fight at 170 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 42 views

After blowing his UFC 205 weight cut, Kelvin Gastelum is never again going to get the opportunity to try and fight at welterweight in the Octagon. read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor Would Have Lost 'Millions of Dollars' for Throwing Chair | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 11 views

Pre-fight mayhem has become the norm for fight cards featuring UFC champion Conor McGregor, and things nearly got out of control on Thursday. read news >>

Dana White Shares Thoughts on UFC's New York Debut, Future Plans for UFC in NY

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Despite its prominent place in combat-sports history, New York and its sporting cathedral, Madison Square Garden, have never hosted an MMA event. That changes Saturday with UFC 205, following the leg read news >>

Ronda Rousey Shrugs Off Dana White After Amanda Nunes Face-off | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 369 views

Ronda Rousey made a surprise appearance at the UFC 205 weigh-in, but things didn't go all that smoothly when Dana White tried to get her to talk. read news >>

Conor McGregor Snags a Second Belt and a Bonus at UFC 205 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 20 views

UFC president Dana White announced the fighter bonuses stemming from UFC 205 during the event's post-fight press conference at Madison Square Garden. read news >>

Video: Watch Dana White's full post-UFC 205 interview with the media in New York

  • 24 days ago
  • 37 views

NEW YORK – After Saturday’s historic UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden in New York, UFC President Dana White met with the media.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>