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.
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