Monday afternoon, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey posted a photo on her Twitter account from her visit at The Ultimate Fighter gym that featured a giant poster of her on the wall. Her likeness is one of the more recent additions of fighters to grace the walls which until now, featured only men who had made a name for themselves and established their legacy with the UFC.
UFC President Dana White hasn’t exactly said that women will be in the UFC anytime soon, but this could be a sign of the times. Maybe the next addition to the UFC could be a women’s division, or at least a high profile fight featuring Ronda Rousey.
Dana White spoke with reporters Saturday night following the UFC on FUEL TV 5 card and spoke about the future of Women’s MMA. In the past, White has expressed disinterest in adding women to the UFC citing lack of depth as an issue. But it seems as though Rousey is making an impression with White who he said he’d love to have her in the UFC.
“It’s not that I changed my position on Women’s MMA, I still believe that it’s not deep enough to have a complete weight division and put on fights all the time. But yea, there’s no secret that I’ve been pretty honest about my feelings about Ronda Rousey. I think she’s f***ing awesome. I think she’s mean, I think she’s nasty, and she’s a real fighter and I like watching her fight. So, I think there are going to be some fun fights with Ronda. And you got Cyborg, if she can move down, or Ronda, whatever happens there. But there’s still some fun fights for Ronda and some of the other women too. But you’d have to do some one offs.”
White continued that Ronda Rousey could find herself in a fight in the UFC and that he’d love to bring her into the organization. As for Rousey taking on Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos inside the Octagon and not Strikeforce’s hexagon, he didn’t exactly rule out the possibility of that happening.
“I don’t know, we’ll see what happens. They fight for Strikeforce, we’ll see what happens…I’ve said publicly, ‘I absolutely, positively would bring Ronda Rousey into the UFC.”
In her short reign as the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, the former Olympic Bronze Medalist has graced several magazine covers, appeared on late night network talk shows, and has become a dominant force over every single one of her opponents who she’s been able to finish with her first round armbars. In short, she’s become an icon that transcends just the sport itself.
“I think she’s a big thing now. She’s already done things that we couldn’t get done. I mean she’s been on talk shows that we could never f**king get on. She’s done magazines and sold covers of magazines,” White said. “I heard she was the best selling cover of ESPN: The Body Issue, that was what I heard. So, I don’t know if that’s true or not, but that’s what I heard.
So my point is, she is, she’s one of those breakthrough stars. You guys saw I went to the Sons of Anarchy premiere with her. We got out of the car, the whole f**king place erupted, like she was on the show or something . You know, she’s there.”