Rousey: 'The weight is off of me'


UFC president Dana White is the most powerful man in mixed martial arts. Thus women's MMA fans and fans were dismayed back in early 2012 when a TMZ reporter asked him when women would compete in the UFC and he replied "never" twice.

Just two years later, WMMA is cemented into the UFC. Male and female fights went head to head each week on TUF 18, and the women won the ratings battle handily. The women co-headlined UFC 168 got over 1,000,000 PPV buys. A new women's division, strawweight, has been added, and it will begin with an all-women TUF 20, premiering in September.

It all happened because of Ronda Rousey, as White explained at the end of 2012.

"I'm putting my toe in the water, and I'm checking it out," he said. "There's no doubt, for people who say, 'Oh, this is the Ronda Rousey show,' f---ing right it is. You're absolutely right. I'm not trying to shy away from that and say, 'Oh no, we're getting into women's MMA.' This is the Ronda Rousey Show."

Now WMMA is no longer experimental, and at a recent media luncheon, Rousey expressed happiness, not just at the growth of WMMA, but also for not having to carrry it alone.

"I like to have a lot of pressure when I fight," she said. "But I hated the state of fragility that women's MMA was in before, So, I feel a lot better knowing that that weight is off of me. Not that I don't like pressure, but I don't want to have to worry."

"I am so overjoyed that it's happened so quickly. The women's MMA experiment is now two divisions. It's no longer experimental. We're winning Fights of the Night, and the fans are excited about it."

"I'm really happy that the last The Ultimate Fighter had guys and girls because it really showed the ratings difference between when the girls are fighting, and the guys are fighting. The girls actually got more ratings so it really, I think, encouraged them to open up a season that's all girls."

Now all Rousey has to worry about is Olympic silver medalist in wrestling Sara McMann at UFC 170 on February 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Giventofly99 site profile image  

1/19/14 6:45 PM by Giventofly99

You know what else Rousey wont have to carry around soon. The Belt. McMahon is going to wrestle her a$$ for 5 rounds and take a UD and then she can go make movies and smoke in the 209 with Nate Nick Jake and Manny...

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1/19/14 6:41 PM by Horace.P.McTitties

She removed the mole?

PrettyBoy site profile image  

1/19/14 5:14 PM by PrettyBoy

Her hips are liars then.

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1/19/14 5:07 PM by FreakDaddy


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1/19/14 2:37 PM by GarlicSauce

Thread is not as funny as expected. I'm disappointed in all of you and you should all feel bad about that.

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1/19/14 2:31 PM by I_Bungalo_Baboo_Babies

I thought she looked thinner

Tolstolobic site profile image  

1/19/14 12:00 PM by Tolstolobic

Who cares

shaqitup site profile image  

1/19/14 11:55 AM by shaqitup

It was barely the case, their ratings were dropping weekly, and if you ever watched the show you would notice that 90% of screen time was for women. When it was a woman's turn to fight, 100% of the time was focused on women, or the men talking about how they're good fighters, then when the men would fight it would be 50/50.

MagSlim site profile image  

1/19/14 11:48 AM by MagSlim

Came in for a pic of Ronda with a situation.Got another misleading UG News thread title.0/10

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1/19/14 11:31 AM by WeidmanCheckedMyAss

She cut to 135 to snag Miesha`s belt.