"If Ronda is the reason why Dana (White) decided to do the women's division, then Ronda gets the credit for it," Malki Kawa told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "But Muhammed Ali was nobody without (Joe) Frazier. I think Ronda is nobody without Miesha.
"If it wasn't for that Tate/Rousey beef, I don't think we have a women's division. So I give just as much credit to Miesha as I do Ronda."
Rousey, who this past December was crowned the inaugural UFC women's bantamweight champ, is set to defend her title against Liz Carmouche in the headliner of UFC 157, which takes place Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Tate, meanwhile, fights Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13 in Las Vegas.
The former rivals still reside under the same promotional umbrella, and Kawa thinks a rematch is inevitable.
"Miesha knows her role in this business," he said. "She knows that women's MMA is right now on Ronda's back. It could be back on hers with one or two victories. I think she has as much a part of it as anybody."
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