Dana White on All Access: Rousey likeliest 1st woman in the UFC

source: mmajunkie.com

Last night Showtime aired part 1 of a two-episode "All Access" series on Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronday Rousey. Part two airs next Wednesday, again at 9:30 PM ET.

Part 1 appears in its entirety at bottom.

UFC President Dana White was among the figures appearing in the episode, and he sees a possible future for Rousey in the UFC.

"In the next 10 years, if there's a woman in the octagon, it's probably going to be Ronda Rousey," White said during the show.

In fact, White, who shot down any prospects of female fighters competing in the UFC as recently as a few years ago, said the current class of female fighters has forced him to take a different mindset. Specifically, Rousey's March title win over then-champ Miesha Tate was the most eye-opening.

"There have been great fighters before Ronda Rousey," White said. "Gina Carano is beautiful. Cris 'Cyborg' (Santos) is incredibly talented and goes in and wrecks people.

"But what changed me and what I think changed a lot of people about women's MMA was Tate vs. Rousey. That was a fight worthy of a men's fight: two incredibly talented women who are very well-rounded, and it doesn't hurt when they're beautiful too."

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Pro Ice site profile image  

8/15/12 1:21 PM by Pro Ice

 Been talked about longer than most know, all the way back in 02 or 03 they were talking about Erica Montoya and Shelby Walker fighting in the UFC Side note; Montoya was in the first UFC game

fightcity site profile image  

8/15/12 1:09 PM by fightcity

If I was Rhonda I would not fight Cyborg unless she agrees to VADA testing period. Rhonda will Smash a non-roided Cyborg!

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

8/15/12 12:59 PM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

Ugh. Ronda gets All Access, got face time on TUF, it's clear Dana likes her in a special way. Because Gil Melendez is a Strikeforce guy and can't get even a passing mention. This only makes it sweeter when Cyborg beats her down. Dana will whine that women aren't ready for the UFC once his Chael Sonnen with ovaries gets derailed.

DeuceDroppin site profile image  

8/15/12 12:47 PM by DeuceDroppin

Here's what doesn't make any sense to me. Maybe someone can help me to make sense of this. Why is Dana so concerned about having a "division"? If there's not enough talent out there to have a women's division in the UFC (which there currently isn't) then why not just have good one off women's fights when they present themselves? You don't have to have a full division and belts in the mix to have some random great fights.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

8/15/12 12:29 PM by RyannVonDoom

Lol @ this. Pretty fucking sad dude. You disappoint me.

Sal Penis site profile image  

8/15/12 12:10 PM by Sal Penis

Cyborg is coming.

chew22 site profile image  

8/15/12 11:50 AM by chew22

And by well rounded he means 1D fight skills + trash talk.

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8/15/12 11:14 AM by I am Ninja, You Can't see me!

He recently said that he was asked the question 'If in the next 10 years there was a woman in the octagon, who would it be?' He said probably Rousey. He was asked and he answered. I'm sure there is no intention of making this happen. I agree with you also, I. don't want to watch one woman tearing other woman's arms off just as the sport is creeping into the mainstream. Invicta and strikeforce are fine to build the devisions.

HELWIG site profile image  

8/15/12 10:09 AM by HELWIG

 zero interest in paying for females on ppv cards

OG 12er site profile image  

8/15/12 10:03 AM by OG 12er

Who ever said she had to be a role model? Maybe she's taking the Charles Barkley way out. That chick has huge arms.