Rousey, Tate Become First Two Women Added to UFC Roster
As news came down about Strikeforce’s final show, it also was made public that WMMA stand-out Ronda Rousey was making her move away from the promotion. It has since been confirmed that Ronda Rousey was signed as the first female fighter in history under the UFC banner. Rousey, the former United States Olympian and current Strikeforce 135-lb. champion will be given the UFC’s inaugural women’s bantamweight title belt.
It is at this time the details of Rousey’s first UFC fight is unknown but the undefeated fighter will almost certainly fight for the promotion in 2013. It would be the first female fight in the UFC’s 19-year history. Possible opponents for the fight include Sara McMann, Cris Cyborg, and a rematch with Miesha Tate
“She’s a (expletive) unique individual. She’s like a Diaz brother,” White said in September. “She really is. Inside like a (expletive) dude trapped in this beautiful body. The reason I got interested in women’s MMA is because of her … everyone is like it’s cause she’s good-looking and ‘Dana blah-blah.’ Gina Carano is good-looking too. She’s very pretty. There’s (expletive) something different about Ronda Rousey.”
News also came down the grapevine that Miesha Tate will also be coming to the UFC. In a tweet sent out today, Tate confirmed news
Miesha Tate @MieshaTate
So Stoked to be fighting for the @UFC it’s been a dream of mine for along time! SO happy it’s finally come true 😀
More news will come out in the coming weeks about when the UFC will begin promoting these fights, and which women will be included in their roster.
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