Strikeforce Women’ Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey could make history by being the first female MMA fighter to battle in the UFC. Rousey’s skills have impressed UFC president Dana White who told SI.com he’s working on a female division of the UFC, largely because of Rousey.
“It’s absolutely going to happen,” White said Tuesday of the women’s division.
A lot of talk has stirred as of late about the potential of the UFC bringing in a mega-fight with Rousey fighting Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. In the UFC on FX 5 post-fight press conference, Dana White indicated that there is a possibility that Rousey vs “Cyborg” happens in the UFC by stating “We’re working on it” and adding that he’d spent a lot of time with Ronda lately.
Prior to that, White also gave reporters following the UFC on FUEL TV 5 card his thoughts on the future of Women’s MMA. In the past, White had 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 also said he was warming up to WMMA after seeing Miesha Tate and Julie Kedzie go at it on the last Strikeforce card. But don’t expect to see the fight booked anytime soon. Ronda still has three fights left to fulfill on her Strikeforce contract.
But White did say to SI.com’s Melissa Segura, “The point is I’m committed to this.”