As many fans know, UFC president Dana White has been adamantly opposed to the inclusion of a female division in his company. He has, on numerous occasions, stated that he thinks female fights lack the depth and quality of their male counterparts. Thus, when White announced on Tuesday that a female UFC division is “absolutely going to happen”, it came as a huge surprise to many.
Dana White shocked many by acknowledging a potential female UFC division in the future. (Source: MMAFrenzy.com)
The biggest influence on Dana White’s about-face seems to be his liking to Strikeforce bantamweight Ronda Rousey, who is arguably the most dominant fighter in the world of women’s MMA. Rousey, assuming a women’s division is introduced, will likely sign with the UFC after her last 3 Strikeforce bouts.
Randa Rousey is one of the main reasons that a female UFC could happen. (MMAWeekly.com)
White also said that at the moment, there is no time frame on this brand new addition to the company. “It could be tomorrow, or it could be next year. The point is, I’m committed to this,” the president said.
The UFC is the biggest MMA promotion in the world, and the introduction of a female division is huge news for the sport. Women’s Mixed Martial Arts gained a little bit of attention this year when fighter Gina Carano released the film Haywire, but this introduction of women into the UFC could mean an enormous amount of attention for female fighters and their part in the rising sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
- Blake Corrao