White on WMMA: Thinking about seeing how this thing goes

source: The Underground Blog

At the UFC 153 post-fight press conference UFC President Dana White answered an Amazon river of questions about Anderson Silva, Alistair Overeem, Glover Teixeira, superfights, returning to Brazil, etc. As the session closed, things turned to Women's Mixed Martial Arts, specifically Ronda Rousey and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos.

White was positive, about the fighters, and about WMMA.

"As far as women's MMA goes, I'm warming up to it," said White. "(I'm) thinking about sticking my toe in it and seeing how this thing goes. I agree with you, obviously, Cyborg is one of the best in the world and Ronda Rousey is another one. So we'll see what happens."

The remarks parallel those he made earlier this month at UFC on FX 5, when asked if Rousey vs. Cyborg is coming closer to reality?

"I think we are," White said. "You've been seeing me hang around Ronda a lot, right? I've been working on it."

It is not yet clear if the fight would be in Strikeforce, which has seen its last two events cancelled, and may be about to tap.

For the fight take place anywhere, Cyborg has to come off suspension and get relicensed, something that is expected in December. Further, a weight has to be agreed upon - Rousey wants 135, Cyrborg says she can't make it. Given the obstacles to making fights generally, the weight difference is surmountable.

Until everything gets sorted out, White is keeping Rousey in the public eye, with a cameo appearance on TUF: Live, regular appearances at UFC cards, and

For her part, Ronda Rousey has stated that she would only take the bout at the 135-pound bantamweight limit, calling Cyborg a "cheater" following the former featherweight champion's positive test for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.

Most notably, the UFC president has taken it upon himself to keep Rousey in the spotlight, including a cameo spot on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, and appearances at various UFC cards and celebrity events like this season's premiere of FX's Sons of Anarchy (below).


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gillyoteen site profile image  

10/15/12 8:30 PM by gillyoteen

women in ufc would be absolutely awesome can't wait

mister3mma site profile image  

10/15/12 8:03 PM by mister3mma

Pass on any women's fight that's not Rousey or the man cyborg

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10/15/12 1:54 PM by SugaFoot

The title of the thread made me realize its potential for dirty jokes and, to say the least it lived up to my expectations. Bravo.

2JupitersTooMany site profile image  

10/15/12 1:39 PM by 2JupitersTooMany

I posted a pic of a toe with a condom on it that was deleted?   Did I do something wrong?

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10/15/12 1:32 PM by HolyAvengerP5

just the tip, please

octowussy site profile image  

10/15/12 1:31 PM by octowussy

Dude has talked shit about women's MMA for years. He hasn't changed his mind, he's just obsessed with Ronda.

circa305 site profile image  

10/15/12 1:09 PM by circa305

Can thank Strikeforce for womens MMA and putting many of the top heavyweight in the picture. If it were up to Dana he would have burried the entire roster. It was mostly filled with guys he would not allow into the UFC.

Il Duce site profile image  

10/15/12 1:01 PM by Il Duce

You missed Julie Kedzie's last fight I take it. What a shame. You should watch her fight before commenting.

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10/15/12 12:49 PM by Dodge135

Fix the ears first, then worry about the toes.