UFC president Dana White has softened his stance completely in regards to women fighting inside the Octagon.

White, who has talked in the past about a lack of depth keeping female fighters out of the UFC, told Sports Illustrated that he is committed to getting a division started.

It’s absolutely going to happen. I’m committed to this.

A great deal of that change likely has to do with current Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The former Olympian has seen her stock take off since winning the belt from Miesha Tate.

White has already shown interest in a potential Rousey-Cris Cyborg match upon Cyborg returning from her suspension.

Rousey, Cyborg, Tate, Sarah Kaufman and the ever-growing Invicta FC has proven that there are several worthy female fighters around the world. It appears as if White has taken notice of this fact.

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