Rousey signed to 8-fight deal with UFC

Monday, December 10, 2012

“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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