UFC President Dana White has never shied away from expressing his opinion or speaking openly when the more politically correct approach might dictate another approach. As such, when asked for his mindset regarding the UFC introducing a women’s bantamweight division headed by Ronda Rousey, White made it clear the future of the endeavor rested squarely on the shoulders of “Rowdy” Ronda.
“I’m putting my toe in the water and I’m checking it out,” said White of the new 135-pound pool in an interview with MMAFighting, admitting Rousey was the driving force behind the organization’s decision. “For people who say, ‘This is the Ronda Rous-…’….f*ckin right it is. You’re absolutely right. I’m not trying to shy away from that…this is the Ronda Rousey show”
“I don’t know how long this is gonna last. This could last a year, this could be forever. The 135-pound division could fill up with tons of talent and we could have tons of great fights. I can’t honestly sit here and predict what’s gonna happen. But don’t kid yourself. The only reason this is happening is because of Ronda Rousey,” White concluded.
Rousey’s rise to fame has been one of the fastest in MMA history. The 6-0 Olympic medalist made her professional debut in March 2011, winning by way of an Armbar in the fight’s first frame. She followed the victory up with five more triumphs involving the same round and technique.
The 25-year old is poised to be unveiled in the Octagon on February 23 at UFC 157 where she will defend her UFC title against Liz Carmouche.
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