More Women Will Fight In Cages In 2013 Is The Best News I’ve Heard ALL Week
November 9, 2012
FUCK YES! FINALLY!
Last night, of all websites to break the story, TMZ reported the UFC – in all its Octagon glory – signed former 2008 Olympics’ bronze medalist in Judo and current Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
The first female fighter in the UFC. A gender barrier has been broken and I couldn’t be more happy about it.
As many will and have reported, this is historic for the UFC in two ways. One, because of what I just mentioned. The UFC has never had women fighters and now they do. Second, for years while Gina Carano did her thing in EliteXC later Strikeforce and when others like Tara LaRosa fought in BoDog and even Cris “Cyborg’s” run in Strikeforce – the UFC and more importantly President Dana White was staunchly against having women fight in the UFC. At first, he was simply against. When pressed he would use female boxing as an example and how they’ve never been able to truly make divisions and make it successful. While that may be an OK rationale to some, it is the exact opposite rationale that White should have had considering his ethos as a promoter in MMA is that he does it better than boxing and he does it the way boxing should. So, if boxing failed at promoting women that doesn’t matter because boxing isn’t MMA and it certainly isn’t MMA under White.
2012 changed all of that. Ronda Rousey changed all of that. In March, in the lead-up to the Rousey vs. Miesha Tate title fight, White was genuinely intrigued and pro the main event. He lauded Strikeforce/Showtime with praise and the two women with praise over how the promotion prior to the fight was sooo good. The fight itself? Incredible. A star maker for Rousey. Everyone who thought she wasn’t facing good enough competition got an eyeful when she almost snapped in half the champion’s arm. And from there the Rousey hype train on picked up speed with the Sports Illustrated Body Issue cover. And she’s been interviewed by almost every media outlet.
Rousey followed all this attention up by doing what she does best and won by another first round armbar over the incredibly talented Sarah Kaufman.
Now, Rousey is signed to the UFC.
I FUCKING LOVE IT!
On top of this information…
Less of a shock, Strikeforce is closing its doors after their January show.
There is a list of names of fighters from Strikeforce that are supposedly already signed with the UFC. Among them are several other female fighters like Miesha Tate, Sara McMann, Liz Carmouche, Sarah Kaufman, Alexis Davis, and Cris “Cyborg” if she makes the drop in weight to 135 pounds.
That’s the story. The UFC is adding the women’s bantamweight division spearheaded by the well-deserved champion “Rowdy” Rousey.
Barack Obama on Tuesday and Ronda Rousey on Thursday… I fucking love this week!
I hope you all have a great weekend.
I love you.