Dana White Could See Ronda Rousey vs Cyborg in a UFC Main or Co-Main Event

Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2012

May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; UFC president Dana White (right) poses with Strikeforce MMA female champion Ronda Rousey during a bout between Johny Hendricks and Josh Koscheck during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday Bleacher Report posted a debate article regarding Ronda Rousey and whether fans would purchase a pay per view with her as the main event. I'm not too sure that I would really want to purchase a Rousey headlined card if only because a special attraction fight doesn't really interest me. My personal feelings aside, Rousey currently is one of the most intriguing and popular fighters in MMA.

She is coming off her first-round domination of Sarah Kaufman in San Diego and riding high as the face of women's MMA. She's all but cleaned out the Strikeforce bantamweight division and is in need of a challenging and desirable matchup.

In her post-fight interview, Rousey called out former Strikeforce 145-pound champion Cris Cyborg and challenged her to drop to bantamweight for a super fight. In the post-fight presser, Scott Coker echoed that he would love to see that fight happen.

UFC President Dana White was on the Dave and Mahoney show on X107.5 today and the topic of Ronda Rousey came up. The UFC President has been extremely outspoken on his support of Rousey and the view that she could potentially be the first female athlete to fight in the UFC. 

Well according to host Dave Farra's twitter, White may be closer to considering this fight to many believed. 

Dana White: Yes, I could see @rondarousey vs. Cyborg as a co-main or main event for a @ufc pay per view. Rousey is incredible.

— Dave Farra (@DaveFarra) August 21, 2012

Now one thing to consider is that both Rousey and Cyborg are currently under contract with Strikeforce. Therefore, if this bout were to happen, it would likely be in Strikeforce on Showtime. However, that White is even talking it on a live radio interview means that there is at least discussion going on internally at the Zuffa offices. 

Is it possible that we will see Rousey vs Cyborg sometime in the future? I hope so. It's the only bout that makes sense for either at this point. There will have to be some discussions about contested weight and other considerations, but it's becoming more and more realistic every day. And that's a good thing for everyone.