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Dana White teases addition of female fighters to UFC roster

When the UFC opted to add flyweights earlier this year many fans felt the company was done expanding their roster for the foreseeable future. However, according to UFC President Dana White, the world’s foremost MMA promotion is actually looking to add another weight-class sooner than later. And, while he hasn’t made any final decisions on the matter, it turns out the division very well could feature a new gender rather than simply a new weight the organization doesn’t currently feature.

When asked about the matter in an online chat with fans, the outspoken executive mentioned the two options being considered by Zuffa brass are 115-pounders and women (presumably at 135 pounds).

White explained he’d been pleasantly surprised over the past six months after witnessing a number of entertaining fights involving females including, of course, those involving Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey, and stated he was “warming to the idea of women’s MMA”.

“I don’t think I’ve been too shy about what I think about Ronda Rousey,” added White. “She just looked impressive, and not only did she look impressive on Saturday night, her numbers killed it on Showtime, too.”

“Ronda Rousey is a star,” he concluded, also mentioning how pleased he’d been by last weekend’s bout between Miesha Tate-Julie Kedzie.

Though no timetable was offered in terms of when the UFC would act as far as adding either division, it looks like fans shouldn’t be too surprised if Rousey shows up inside the Octagon by this time next year.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    I have a feeling it won’t happen, something with change, or he will keep SF up just for women.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    The cards suck as it is. Armbar rondas fun to watch but a lot of others would kill the cards even more

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    …or make the cards better by adding an exciting fight. Rousey might be the most popular female fighter out there but she’s not the only one who turns in entertaining efforts.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Brendhan – Whoever hit thumbs down either needs corrective lenses or didn’t watch the Strikeforce undercard, or the last two Invicta events.

    So, what I’m trying to say is I pity them.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Ufc only puts the most exciting fights. When they get exciting enough for ufc status more oeople will watch. I no a lot of mma fans and havnt heard ine mention invicta. Maybe a female ultimate fighter would be good who nos.

  • Lord Faust says:

    No one card who Chris Weidman was a little over a month ago.

  • Screenplaya says:

    THEGUNNER hit it on the head: We will have ladies in the UFC right around the time they put together an all-female version of The Ultimate Fighter.

  • Sumoninja says:

    I think they’ll just add women’s divisions to the UFC and put them on the same cards as men’s. No reason a Rhonda Rousey fight couldn’t be on a main card in the UFC, and I don’t see how the UFC/ Strikeforce could field exciting all-women cards, so I don’t think there are many other options. UFC won’t miss out on the money train that is Rhonda though.

  • elsicilian says:

    I agree … one or even two good ladies matchups on a regular UFC card would be an amazing addition. A night full of lady fights (under either promotion’s banner) would be much less appealing.

    I think Strikeforce will get phased out as its contract with Showtime expires, and everything will eventually be promoted under the UFC brand. Since the women’s MMA (at least at the highest levels) is obviously a huge draw and a good product, there’s just no way it won’t become part of that unified offering (especially as UFC stages more and more shows, and the need for top shelf matchups becomes more urgent).

  • baby face norm says:

    No women in the ufc unless they are ring girls or they take on men to!!! I’m so sick of women trying to out do men!!! So for all women fighters if u don’t fight guys don’t fight at all!!


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