Dana White: A woman will kick your @$$ these days
UFC president has repeatedly said his biggest mistake in the UFC was saying would never fight in the Octagon. Ronda Rousey convinced him otherwise, and became at the time the sport's biggest star, and highest paid athlete. Of the four UFC events in July, three are headlined or co-headlined by women.
During a recent Hashtag Sports session, White discussed women in the UFC, and in sports generally.
“One of the things you have to remember - I completely own up to saying women would never fight in the Octagon - but like I told you guys earlier, you’ve got to remember at this time, I was trying to get people to accept the men fighting in the Octagon," said White, as transcribed by Damon Martin for MMA Fighting. "It wasn’t allowed on pay-per-view. It wasn’t allowed on TV.
“There’s always going to be this, it’s changing rapidly, but there’s always going to be this chauvinist side to men that men don’t want to see women getting pinned up against the cage and hit with elbows and getting cut, things like that. So I thought. It’s very popular now. The difference is, the reason that the women’s MMA has taken off and it’s so big is because these women are legit. Really good, very technical, and it’s amazing and I never saw it coming.”
“If you think about in all other sports what they talk about is ‘if women play golf, they hit from shorter tees’, there’s always some excuse about women playing a sport. It’s absolutely an even playing field in the UFC. They fight the same style, they fight everything and even the pay. At the time Ronda Rousey was here, she was the highest paid fighter in the UFC.
“These women are incredible. What’s crazy too, when you think about the empowerment of women right now — for most men this is hard to wrap their head around — a woman will kick your ass these days. It’s not like it was 30 years ago. When I grew up, they played with dolls and we played sports. Not anymore.”