UFC President Dana White has made no secret of his respect and admiration for Ronda Rousey. With the recent announcement that the undefeated bantamweight champion has become the first female signee in UFC history, it is clear that the White has enough faith in her abilities to take the risk.
Speaking with Ron Kruck of “Inside MMA“, White explains his reasons behind signing the Strikeforce women’s champ and what he looks for in his fighters:
“From the outside, she is this beautiful girl who won a bronze medal in the Olympics and everything else, but when you talk to Ronda Rousey and you get to know her, she’s a Diaz brother inside,” he said, “She’s a real fighter and that’s what I look for in anybody, whether you’re a male or a female. She’s nasty. She’s mean. She likes to fight, and she likes to finish people. Those are the kind of people I like, whether you’re a male or a female.”
Whilst the news could potentially be life-changing for many female fighters, White insists that they are merely testing the waters and are uncertain about the future of the women’s bantamweight division.
“I’m trying out this 135 pound division,” he said, “I think that the division is stacked enough where she has some serious opposition ahead of her. But, that’s it. I’m trying out this 135 pound division.”
The women’s bantamweight division has several intriguing fights for Rousey, including a rematch with former Strikeforce women’s champ Miesha Tate, Olympic sliver medalist Sara McMann and possibly bouts with Invicta FC stars Shanya Baszler and Alexis Davis. Although the division may not overflowing with top-level talent, that is likely to change over the next couple of years.