Rousey signed to 8-fight deal with UFC

by Steven Marroco | source:

"I don't know how the whole women's thing is going to go, how it's going to go over, or what it's going to do," UFC President Dana White told USA TODAY Sports. "She's the only title fight on that card, but that card is going to be stacked."

After signing with the promotion this past month, Rousey, a former Strikeforce champ and Olympic bronze medalist in judo, accepted the UFC women's bantamweight title at this past week's UFC on FOX 5 pre-event press conference. Her presence created a stir among the media in attendance, with one reporter asking if she had a boyfriend.

"First time I've heard that question asked at a press conference," White said as the champ fielded questions.

Several minutes later, White was candid about his investment in Rousey, who's defeated nine consecutive opponents (amateur and pro) by first-round armbar. He said the 25-year-old fighter is the reason women will soon grace the octagon. She's signed to an eight-fight deal, which is double the number of many first-time male fighters.

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Feesha site profile image  

12/11/12 12:10 PM by Feesha

Exactly, the contenders list will evolve like any division. 8 fights at a quick pace is 2+ years, so the top contenders might not be known. Two years ago nobody would think of Weidman, Gustaffson, MacDonald, etc, as contenders. That being said, I see 8 potentially good fights from the talent pool we have now.Lots of good points of view in this thread, I hope it all works out for the best for WMMA!

Argo site profile image  

12/11/12 11:39 AM by Argo

Good for Rhonda. Good for women's MMA. Those girls all fight with a passion missing from many a men's fight. I do agree with a previous poster that Dana is doing it all wrong. He's after this one exploitation of Rousey and not a division. Hopefully the girls fights will show him the err of his ways.I also believe the first fight should be a headliners of a fox card. Or co-main. Rousey's attraction right now serves the UFC best on FOX.

Argo site profile image  

12/11/12 11:33 AM by Argo

Ya, like there are 8 legit contenders for AS, JBJ or JDS.Arguably not 8 for GSP or Aldo.

Kanabull site profile image  

12/11/12 11:20 AM by Kanabull

Does an eight fight contract mean that she could theoretically lose seven fights straight and they would not be able to cut her?

Neil Funk site profile image  

12/11/12 11:17 AM by Neil Funk

so.... what happens if Ronda loses to Carmouche?

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12/11/12 11:14 AM by Seats Taken

This. They should have done something like they did when they created the Flyweights. I'm not a Ronda hater at all, I'm a fan but just signing her giving her a belt and feeding her matches seems more like sideshow than a division. Also, what Tate said is kinda true with all the eggs in one basket. With this setup, one ugly 4-5 woman catches Ronda and WMMA is done.

Jweinberg site profile image  

12/11/12 11:02 AM by Jweinberg

awesome... Congrats To Ronda... 

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12/11/12 10:58 AM by time traveling 12er

That's a good point. I have no doubt Anderson has some nice bonuses written in to his contract. Not sure about Rousey though since she really doesn't have any chances anywhere else that are anywhere close to what's being offered at the UFC.

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12/11/12 10:21 AM by BlueOnBlack

I said something similar a while ago but you put it much better than I did.Basing an entire division around one female who needs to keep winning in order to keep the division alive is doing a disservice to WMMA as a whole.

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12/11/12 10:13 AM by Animal Mother

I'm excited for Rousey vs Cyborg 7 already.