Lorenzo: Silva/Shelby can develop a WMMA league, guaranteed

by Ariel Helwani | source: mmafighting.com

While UFC President Dana White has long voiced the concern that there is not enough depth in women's MMA, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta feels that is starting to change.

"I've never been against it," Fertitta recently told MMAFighting.com about Women's MMA. "You know, me and Dana, although we always go on a common front, we don't always agree on everything. The reality is, I'm a fan. I was captivated by the [Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate] fight, blown away by their athleticism and the way they promoted the fight, the whole thing. To me, it was very, very entertaining.

"Dana is right. Historically there has been an issue with the depth of talent in the talent pool, but it seems to me like that is starting to change and the one argument I make when we talk about it, and this might sound a little self-serving, but we've never been in the women's game, so we've never had our matchmakers do this. Let Joe Silva and Sean Shelby develop a women's league. I guarantee you they can do it. They're that good."

"I think (Ronda Rousey) has a tremendous amount of potential. She's got a great personality. She's got the ability to grab the public's attention, how she talks, and then she goes in there and backs it up. I mean, it's almost like Ali when he would go in there and call out the round. It's that kind of aura about her. I'm really positive on her and Miesha. I was very impressed. I'm happy for them."

"I think that there's enough great athletes out there and when you see the stature, the celebrity, the money that these girls are now starting to make, I think you're going to see more women rise to the occasion and want to become professional athletes and compete. So I'm kind of positive on the whole thing."

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RyannVonDoom site profile image  

3/17/12 8:29 PM by RyannVonDoom

You know as well as I that she cut to get to 156. She's more akin to Jabba the Hut than to a 135er.

epwar site profile image  

3/17/12 8:18 PM by epwar

Sherdog has her fighting at 156.  

Donald Draper site profile image  

3/17/12 8:13 PM by Donald Draper

it'd never survive unfortunately. nobody really tunes into any women's sports.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

3/17/12 8:11 PM by RyannVonDoom

lol @ getting Lucas to 135.. have you seen her? She's like 200lbs easy. Why wouldn't zuffa try to do this already? There's a market and there are women to get behind.. stop dropping talent at 135, Coenen/Baszler/Carmouche/young etc.. the 135 division is fucking deep and tbh.. with the amount of talent there, it's bigger than the UFC's 155ers.. That's right I fucking said it.

epwar site profile image  

3/15/12 2:56 PM by epwar

Sign Amanda Lucas and get her to trim down to 135.  That'll get people talking.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

3/15/12 2:54 PM by RyannVonDoom


Humphrey site profile image  

3/15/12 9:37 AM by Humphrey

ROFL at comparing ronda fucking rousey with Ali... Just hilarious

goku site profile image  

3/15/12 9:35 AM by goku

They should not do an all women's tuf they should do a guy/girl tuf. That is how u create drama. Every successful reality show has guy/girl dynamic

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

3/15/12 8:02 AM by Gnarls Gnarlington

Lorenzo also really likes money. If there is a profit to be made off of it, he'll do it.

UGCTT_Rychek site profile image  

3/14/12 11:25 PM by UGCTT_Rychek

Hahahahahaha fucking perfect!!!! Lorenzo is the man. He needs to get more spotlight in my opinion.