After a few weeks of speculation, official confirmation has finally been offered on the topic of whether or not Ronda Rousey would become the first female signed to the UFC‘s roster of fighters.
According to UFC President Dana White, the rumors are in fact true and “Rowdy” Ronda has inked a deal with the world’s foremost MMA promotion. The announcement is both huge in terms of the impact on the MMA landscape as well as a landmark moment in women’s sports.
“Yes, it’s official. Ronda Rousey did sign with the UFC,” revealed White on the Jim Rome Show. “This girl is nasty. She might be beautiful on the outside, but she’s a Diaz brother on the inside. She’s a real fighter and real talented. She has the credentials and the pedigree. And she has the ‘it’ factor. I think she’s going to be a big superstar.”
UPDATE: Rousey took to her Twitter account later and stated, “Okay, I admit it – I’m officially a UFC fighter.”
Rousey is 6-0 thus far in her career with all of her wins coming in the opening round as the result of an Armbar. The Olympic bronze medalist in judo was last seen in August submitting Sarah Kaufman in less than a minute, marking Rousey’s first (and only) successful defense of the belt she wore under Strikeforce‘s banner.
No date/opponent were linked to Rousey’s eventual debut in the Octagon.
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