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Ronda Rousey Reportedly Becomes UFC's First Female Fighter

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 31, 2016

So much for women never fighting in the UFC.

Less than two years after UFC president Dana White said women would never compete in the UFC, Ronda Rousey will reportedly become the first female fighter to join the organization, per

Rousey, who has become a star in Strikeforce, has won six professional fights, all via her devastating armbar. She won a highly publicized fight against Sarah Kaufman in August after dispatching rival Miesha Tate in March.

Rousey's last two fights have truly shown just how dominant she is, and how her trademark armbar is virtually unstoppable.

According to the TMZ report, Rousey is expected to defend the women's 135-pound title in 2013. Potential opponents include Tate, Sara McMann and Cris Cyborg.

This has to be a thrilling time for the 25-year-old. Her star has grown so quickly since first fighting Ediene Gomes in March 2011. In a year-and-a-half, she has ascended into the spotlight with unbelievable speed.

This is also a thrilling time for female MMA fighters. White's stance has changed and Rousey—a controversial figure throughout her Strikeforce career—is the main reason.

My guess is that Tate's opinion of Rousey will be altered just a bit knowing that she now has an opportunity to fight in the UFC.

Or she will bring that fiery rivalry into the UFC, which is what most of us are hoping for.

Watch out world, Ronda Rousey is just getting started.


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