UFC president Dana White admits his stance on women’s MMA hadn’t changed much over the last few years until the arrival of Ronda Rousey in Strikeforce.
The way Rousey destroyed the competition and then launched a verbal attack on anyone standing in her way appealed to White, and he knew he had a legitimate star on his hands.
Rousey has since signed and eight-fight contract with the UFC.
“The reason we have women’s MMA now is because of her," said White on Thursday. "If you’re thinking it’s because she’s attractive, and this and that, and that’s all great, but you hear the way this girl talks? She is a Diaz brother inside."
“None of them have what this one has, she’s nasty, she’s mean. She would actually fight a guy if that was the case, if that was what it takes to get into the UFC, she’d do it.”
“One thing we all know, anything can happen in there. I don’t predict who is going to win and lose anymore."
“This could last for years; this could last a year."
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