If budding superstar Ronda Rousey has signed a deal with the UFC, as was widely reported a few days ago, it appears to be news to the 25-year old as well as to her management team. The unbeaten bantamweight was said to have inked an agreement with the world’s foremost MMA promotion making her the company’s first female fighter, though such clearly hasn’t come to pass based on recent remarks from the involved parties.
Rousey representative Darin Harvey denied the claim in a conversation with CNNSI, saying, “Right now, nothing has changed,” regarding his client’s contractual status.
Meanwhile, Rousey echoed Harvey’s sentiments in a brief interview with ESPN, explaining, “I would like it to be that way. I haven’t signed any bout agreements. I don’t know exactly what’s going on yet. I know just as much as everybody else knows right now.”
Based on the comments, it appears Rousey is at least technically obligated to Strikeforce at the present moment. The organization is set to promote a card on January 12 believed by many to be its last event, though “Rowdy” Ronda is not expected to be part of the lineup.
No official statement responding to TMZ’s initial story stating Rousey was on the cusp of becoming UFC champion has been released by the UFC or Strikeforce at this point in time.
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