UFC President Dana White was blown away by Rousey’s impressive performance against Miesha Tate and believes the “Rowdy” one is on the cusp of superstardom.
“I’ve been saying for a long time about the women’s division, there aren’t enough women to create a division,” White stated during Tuesday’s press conference. “But every once in awhile you’re going to have the fighters to create these one-off fights. That happened last Saturday night.
“Ronda Rousey is going to be a big star.”
Rousey’s emergence comes at a critical juncture for female fighting, as many believed the ladies had lost all the momentum that was gained from Carano and Cyborg’s watershed shootout in August 2009. That scrap marked the first time in history where two females headlined a major MMA show.
Sarah Kaufman appears first in line for a shot at Rousey’s freshly-minted bantamweight crown, but ‘Rousey vs. Kaufman’ doesn’t quite generate the same box office buzz as say, ‘Rousey vs. Cyborg.’ Unfortunately for fight fans, the Brazilian is facing a year-long suspension so that’s not happening anytime soon.
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