MONTREAL – UFC president Dana White has made a few things clear about the soon-to-be-launched women’s division. First, Ronda Rousey is the first women’s UFC champion and second, the UFC will have only one women’s weight division and that is the 135-pound division.
White has never hidden his unabashed enthusiasm for Ronda Rousey as a fighter and a potential draw for the UFC. Speaking to the media following the UFC 154 press conference, he once again made it clear that Rousey has the potential to be a huge draw for the promotion.
In fact, in White’s opinion, the UFC is already reaping the rewards of signing the unbeaten 25-year-old, “I think that Ronda has the potential to be a big star,” White said. “She’s already getting media that we’ve never even got before and she’s never even set foot in the UFC yet.”
As far as where, when and how Rousey will debut with the promotion, White said he would be happy to make that happen “next Saturday,” but he knew that wasn’t going to happen.
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What White did sound certain about was that Rousey would debut on a pay-per-view card and that she had the potential to compete in the main event on that card. In fact, the only scenario that Rousey would not be in the main event was if the champion of another heavier weight division was defending their title on the same card. If that were the case, Rousey’s defense would fall to co-main event status.
White also made it clear that if fans have their hopes set on seeing a Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg bout, they should prepare to be disappointed, unless of course Cyborg is willing to make the cut to 135 pounds. White said he thought that would be doubtful, “Our matchmakers have talked to her camp and she doesn’t seem to excited to fight Ronda (at 135.)”
When asked about other plans for the women’s division, White did say he was open to a season of The Ultimate Fighter with women coaching male fighters, but other than that, “This thing is all new, we’re kind of playing with it and we’ll see how this all works out. I know this; I know that over the next couple of years, we’ve got fights at the 135-pound division, good fights. Ronda’s the champ, she’ll come in and we’ll see what happens. We’ll see how it plays out.”
**all quotes obtained first hand by BRMMA