Ronda Rousey has carried the banner for women’s MMA over the last few years, but she is not alone.
Rousey, Miesha Tate, Liz Carmouche, Cris Cyborg and many more have helped the sport seemingly grow over night, and impress one former adversary.
“The women’s side of this business is bigger than I ever thought it could be,” said UFC president Dana White, during his media scrum following UFC on FOX 11 this past weekend. “I’m blown away by how fast it got that way. It’s amazing.”
White credits the fighting skills and personalities of the females as the reason for the rapid growth.
“It’s because the girls are legit, really talented and can fight,” he said. “We’ve got good personalities in the female division, and more are coming with the 115-pound division.”
The UFC’s 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter later this year will be an entire cast of females, as they will crown a strawweight champion at the conclusion.
“All these girls are very interesting,” White said, of the current TUF 20 roster.
One of those female fighters previously mentioned, Cyborg, is currently not signed to the UFC. She was previously managed by Tito Ortiz, who stated that Cyborg would not be fit for future child birth if she dropped to 135 pounds. They have backtracked on those statements and the fighter is working to make the weight.
“I thought Cyborg would die if she went to 135?” White smiled. “The funny thing is, every time we do one of these things, we talk about drugs. Yet, everybody wants to talk about Cyborg.
“Every single scrum.”
Cyborg previously failed a post-fight drug test in 2011 for a banned substance, as she tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.