Nov 19, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT
The first thing you should know about Ronda Rousey: she’s the current Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion with a 6-0 record, all of those wins coming in the first round by armbar. Second thing: She won the bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and won gold at the Pan American Games in 2007.
So when Dana White began assembling his new UFC women’s division, Rousey was the first fighter he signed.
Historic sports moment, or future failed experiment? UFC fans will be the judge, and the first test will be on pay per view. The date of her UFC debut is not known at this time, but Rousey is expected to be the headliner. MMA Junkie:
“We’re bringing in the 135-pound division,” White said. “I’m trying this whole women’s thing out. Obviously, Ronda is the champ. I think Ronda has the potential to be a big star. She’s already getting media that we’ve never even gotten before, and she’s never even set foot in the UFC yet.”
Besides fighting ability and looks, White no doubt tabbed Rousey as the sport’s first female fighter because she also fits the part in the media. A notorious trash-talker, Rousey has said that her vocal approach is important in promoting MMA.
Strikeforce is being discontinued after its January show, and several of its fighters will be signed by UFC, according to reports.
That’s Rousey below in blue during judo competition in Beijing:
Rousey after claiming the Strikeforce bantamweight title from Miesha Tate in March, 2012:
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