UFC president Dana White made it official, then did so again, that Ronda Rousey is the UFC 135-pound female champion.
White confirmed earlier talk of Rousey signing with the UFC following UFC 154 Saturday night, and said the plans are for her to be the headliner for pay-per-views – unless a champion in a larger weight class is on the same event.
“I’m trying this whole women’s thing out,” White said.
Rousey has forced the UFC boss to take notice of the females thanks to her ever-growing appeal. Zuffa, Strikeforce and Showtime worked out an arrangement to get rid of any stipulations in the contracts of fighters such as Rousey, allowing her to sign with the UFC.
White did say they have several opponents lined up for Rousey, but that does not include Cris Cyborg.
“Our matchmakers have talked, and she doesn’t seem excited to fight Ronda,” White said.
Cyborg’s team reported last week that she was told by doctor’s that dropping to 135 pounds could cause her complications later in life, mainly keeping her from carrying a child. Cyborg is currently serving a suspension for a failed post-fight drug test.
Photo credit: ESPN