twitter google

Lorenzo Fertitta Feels Like a Women’s Division Can Exist in MMA

If you ask UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, women’s MMA does have a home under the Zuffa umbrella.

Fertitta, in a recent interview with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, discussed how he belives the division could succeed if the likes of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby were given time to develop it. Silva and Shelby are the main matchmakers for the UFC.

“I’ve never been against it,” Fertitta said. “The reality is, I’m a fan. I was captivated by the (Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate) fight. (I was) blown away by their athleticism and the way they promoted the fight, the whole thing; to me, it was very, very entertaining.”

Rousey, who defeated Tate via armbar in the main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, was very vocal in the build-up to the bout with Tate.

“(UFC president) Dana (White) is right. Historically, there has been an issue with the depth of talent in the talent pool, but it seems to me like that is starting to change and the one argument I make when we talk about it, and this might sound a little self-serving, but we’ve never been in the women’s game,” Fertitta said. “We’ve never had our matchmakers do this. Let Joe Silva and Sean Shelby develop a women’s league. I guarantee you they can do it. They’re that good.”

With Zuffa running both Strikeforce and the UFC, it would seem that women’s MMA has a future in the sport. If Fertitta does decide to let his crew do more work with building the division, the sky could be the limit for female fighters.

Image via MMA Junkie

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor

Event Date: July 11, 2015
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale

Event Date: July 12, 2015
Broadcast: TBD

UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs. Duffee

Event Date: July 15, 2015
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1

Bellator 140: Lima vs. Koreshkov

Event Date: July 17, 2015
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 72: Bisping vs. Leites

Event Date: July 18, 2015
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

UFC on FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2

Event Date: July 25, 2015
Broadcast: Fox, Fox Sports 1