White defends decision for Rousey headline

source: mmafighting.com
 

"She's the champ," said White. "You will never see a situation in any fight, whether men, women, the lightest weight division there is. if you're the champion, you're the headliner. You're the top of the card.

"I've seen some people talking s---, 'ohh, the women's fight is headlining,'" White continued. "Ronda Rousey is badass, she's a champ, her opponent stepped up to the plate and wanted this fight with her when no one, others didn't. I don't give a s-- what they say, that's a fact."

White compared the reaction the Rousey-Carmouche announcement received in some circles to his decision to headline UFC 35 in 2002 with the Jens Pulver-B.J. Penn lightweight title fight, won by Pulver on a majority decision.

"What people don't realize is there was a time and a day when we put the '55 pound division and headlined it with a title fight and people said, 'you can't headline a title fight, BJ Penn and Jens Pulver in a title fight headlining?' This is ridiculous. BJ Penn become one of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts and a huge pay-per-view draw."

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udk site profile image  

12/22/12 10:13 PM by udk

Even if this does decent numbers the first time (it 'might'), people will lose interest immediately and it will be a big fail. What a fucking stupid idea.Let's get 8 years old kids to headline next!

kingkoopa site profile image  

12/22/12 10:06 PM by kingkoopa

Yay the weakest division in MMA made it to the ufc and is automatically headlining.. UFC is a top notch product!

CindyO site profile image  

12/22/12 7:37 PM by CindyO

Hendo is actually at an advantage since its not 3 rounds   It's a 3 round fight.   Cindy

time traveling 12er site profile image  

12/22/12 12:25 PM by time traveling 12er

I like how he said "No one" then quickly switched to "others". So I wonder who else stepped up?

GayGuardMooseSaucy site profile image  

12/21/12 9:47 PM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

I don't think this is their punishment. Hendo is actually at an advantage since its not 3 rounds. The real punishment is that Shogun, Hendo, and Machida all had to take another fight while Chael Sonnen got the title shot for being the only one not turning down Jones

HandyDarsh site profile image  

12/21/12 9:23 PM by HandyDarsh

Good point he most likely had no problem making thier fight the co main for that very reason

time traveling 12er site profile image  

12/21/12 8:50 PM by time traveling 12er

I think people are forgetting that this Hendo Machida fight is likely a punishment to both fighters. Machida for turning down JBJ twice and Hendo for the injury debacle.

GayGuardMooseSaucy site profile image  

12/21/12 7:22 PM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

Some of the fights on the card haven't been finalized and confirmed. Id like to see how they promote Rousey and/or the card (primetime, interviews, etc). It's too far out to predict buys at this point.

kingkoopa site profile image  

12/21/12 7:07 PM by kingkoopa

Lombard is right ufc has become a joke.I have no problem with women fighting or being in the ufc. That being said womens mma has too few contenders. There's only like 1 or two weight classes. This does nothing other than further delude the ufc product.We have divisions with virtually 0 fighters and guys using pro wrestling quotes to get title shots

Billytk site profile image  

12/21/12 7:02 PM by Billytk

If it were the headline fight on any of the recent cards (replacing the headline not in addition to) it would have set a record for lowest buys in history. It may get BS inflated numbers here that dana can use to pretend it did well since the card also has the real main event of Hendo vs Machida and the co-main of Kos vs Lawler plus a few other big names I'm sure dana threw on the card for this exact reason



 

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