With Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey preparing to defend her belt against Sarah Kaufman next week in San Diego, UFC President Dana White continued his strong praise for the former Olympic judo bronze medalist.
“Ronda Rousey could be in the UFC, but I don’t know if it will be in the next year or in ten years,” White told the MMA media following the UFC 150 post-fight press conference in Denver.
“She’s a Strikeforce fighter, but we could see her in the UFC someday.”
Despite White’s past comments on the lack of depth in women’s MMA, the UFC boss did not rule out a one-time fight with Rousey in the famed Octagon.
White pointed to the fact that Rousey recently appeared on the Conan show.
“How many guys have you seen on that show?” White said. “She’s the only [fighter] who has been on there. That’s how big she is.”
The fight that White wants to see most involves another Strikeforce fighter: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. The former featherweight champion was stripped of her title in January due to a failed drug test and has recently asked for a fight with Rousey via social media.
“I’d love to see that fight if ‘Cyborg’ makes the drop to 135 pounds,” White declared.
However, Rousey must first get by Kaufman on Aug. 18 before she can think about competing in the UFC or a potential fight with the Brazilian Santos.
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