Featuring Women in the UFC May be Controversial to Some, but Dana White Couldn’t Be Happier

February 18, 2013
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UFC 157 Poster-478x270On Feb. 23, women’s MMA will debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche.  The historic event is headlined by the first female bout and title fight under the UFC brand.

Some have been critical about the UFC bringing in a women’s division, but Dana White couldn’t be happier with the decision.

“I’ve heard some flack about the girls.  Their mitt work is better than half the (expletive) guys. Their hands are great.  They’re well-rounded.  They represent the sport well.  They represent themselves well,” said the UFC president following UFC on Fuel TV 7 in London on Feb. 16. “I couldn’t be happier that I made the decision, and I couldn’t be happier with the fight.”

Ronda Rousey is undefeated in her mixed martial arts career, winning all of her fights in the first round by armbar.  The Olympic medalist in Judo captured the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title by defeating Miesha Tate on March 3, 2012.  She defended her title once before being brought over to the UFC, which owned the now-defunct Strikeforce.

It was announced at the UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz pre-fight press conference in December that Rousey was the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and she was presented with a UFC belt.

Liz Carmouche (8-2) challenges Rousey for that title at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Feb. 23.

Asked about the possibility of bringing in other women’s divisions, White took a wait-and-see approach.

“We’re cool with 135 right now.  Let’s see how that goes and we’ll go from there.”

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  • Darin

    Thank you , Dana. I don’t understand the dislike for women’s mma. This is not comparable to the WNBA or many other women’s sports which just end up being boring versions of men’s sports.
    Female mma fighters almost never disappoint; showing an intensity and aggresiveness that is often lacking in the mens’ fights. Some of the best fights I’ve ever seen were women’s fights.

  • http://twitter.com/creeguy75 George Anderson

    He’s put a lot of hype on Rhonda Rousey… not so much on Liz Carmouche… what happens if Liz wins? Does he dump the women’s division? I hope not…