UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey believes the pressure to carry women’s MMA in the UFC has been lifted off her shoulders – at least partially.
The promotion announced plans recently to bring in female strawweight fighters, with them comprising the roster for the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2014. A champion will be crowned upon the conclusion of the reality series.
For Rousey, that alone means she won’t be the lone female UFC champion, and that’s a good thing.
“I can’t wait for a new women’s champion and having some of the responsibilities and pressure be taken off me,” she said, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “I could use a little help.”
Rousey added that the 115-pound fighters are “all super talented, charismatic and super cute. The UFC has really recognized the value the women can bring and is investing in them and thinking long-term.”
Bec Hyatt, Invicta FC champion Carla Esparza, Rose Namajunas, Felice Herrig, Tecia Torres and Joanne Calderwood are just a few of the women signed. The remaining TUF bracket will be determined by tryouts in early 2014.
As for Rousey, she is next in action a week from today when she defends her title against Miesha Tate at UFC 168.