UFC Signs Ronda Rousey as First Female Fighter
Ronda Rousey, the Strikeforce bantam weight champion, has become the first female fighter to sign with the UFC.
Dana White, the UFC president, described Rousey as “the whole package.” She said that “she might be beautiful on the outside but she’s a Diaz brother on the inside. She’s a real fighter and she’s very talented.”
Rousey has had a lot of media coverage in recent months; she has been profiled in Sports Illustrated and featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s body issue.
Rousey has even rang the bell to open the NASDAQ trading day and spoken to state senates about her sport.
Only one of Rousey’s fights has taken more than a minute, it took her four minutes 27 seconds to dethrone champion Miesha Tate last March.
Rousey rose to fame in Strikeforce which is owned by the UFC; however there are now plans to shut Strikeforce and the signing of Rousey heralds a new era for women in the sport.
White said that he has a good selection of opponents for Rousey in the 135-pound division but there has been no official comment yet.
Rousey comes from a background of judo, since winning her first tournament on her 11th birthday she has never looked back in her career.