MENU
#Fight Night Stockholm #Alexander Gustafsson #Glover Teixeira #Colosseum #Conor McGregor #Mariusz Pudzianowski #Dynasty of Heroes #Marcin Held #Damir Hadzovic #Volkan Oezdemir #TKO #Fight One #Reza Madadi #Nordine Taleb


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 Admits to Giving Conor McGregor 'Longer Leash' Than Others | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 25 views

UFC president Dana White admits that he gives Conor McGregor more leeway than he does other fighters on the fight promotion's roster. read news >>

Dana White, Forrest Griffin take CNN on tour of new UFC headquarters

  • 26 days ago
  • 50 views

While the full campus isn’t quite open just yet, UFC employees recently made the move into the company’s impressive new headquarters in Las Vegas, and CNN cameras were invited in for a sneak peek of read news >>

Dana White Couldn't Be a Bigger Believer in New UFC Owner | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 39 views

When UFC former owners sold the fight promotion in July 2016 for $4.2 billion to WME–IMG, the promotion's longtime president, Dana White, was distraught. read news >>

Dana White says UFC women's flyweight division not finalized, despite announcement

  • 25 days ago
  • 11 views

Hours after the announcement, UFC President Dana White said nothing is official regarding a new women’s 125-pound weight class.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Nate Diaz Could Be Done Fighting in UFC, Dana White Says

  • 25 days ago
  • 124 views

UFC President Dana White isn't sure if Nate Diaz will ever fight again. "If they want to fight next week or if they never want to fight again, that's up to them," he said when talking about Diaz and read news >>

Dana White Not Sure If Nick and Nate Diaz Will Ever Fight Again | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 50 views

UFC president Dana White said that he's not sure if we'll ever see the Diaz Brothers, Nate and Nick, ever fight again. read news >>

Despite Anderson Silva's Threats, Dana White Says UFC Title Fight Won't Happen | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

Despite Anderson Silva's threats, UFC president Dana White declared there would be no interim title fight for The Spider. read news >>

Dana White: Anderson Silva Should Probably Just Retire | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 13 views

With Anderson Silva recently threatening retirement, UFC president Dana White said that the former champ probably should just go ahead and do it. read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk eyes being 2-division UFC champ, Ronda Rousey's record

  • 24 days ago
  • 16 views

LOS ANGELES — For a woman already known worldwide as “Joanna Champion,” there is no inkling that she’s content with her status. There is still plenty she’d like to accomplish.Filed under: Featured, F read news >>

UFC Announces Huge Summer Kickoff Press Conference | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 12 views

Dana White will host a Summer Kickoff press conference with some of the athletes from UFC 212 through UFC 214. read news >>