White defends decision for Rousey headline

Sunday, December 16, 2012

“She’s the champ,” said White. “You will never see a situation in any fight, whether men, women, the lightest weight division there is. if you’re the champion, you’re the headliner. You’re the top of the card.

“I’ve seen some people talking s—, ‘ohh, the women’s fight is headlining,'” White continued. “Ronda Rousey is badass, she’s a champ, her opponent stepped up to the plate and wanted this fight with her when no one, others didn’t. I don’t give a s– what they say, that’s a fact.”

White compared the reaction the Rousey-Carmouche announcement received in some circles to his decision to headline UFC 35 in 2002 with the Jens Pulver-B.J. Penn lightweight title fight, won by Pulver on a majority decision.

“What people don’t realize is there was a time and a day when we put the ’55 pound division and headlined it with a title fight and people said, ‘you can’t headline a title fight, BJ Penn and Jens Pulver in a title fight headlining?’ This is ridiculous. BJ Penn become one of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts and a huge pay-per-view draw.”

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