STRIKEFORCE Female Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has made it into the history books by being the first female fighter to sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Only 6-0 in the early stages of her career, the former U.S. Olympian has defeated six of her opponents in the first round by armbar and has already appeared on ESPN’s The Body Issue. In a move that seemed impossible only a few months ago, this opens the door for many female mixed martial artists to follow Rousey’s lead and compete in the largest and most popular MMA organization in the world.
Her STRIKEFORCE title will be transferred over to the UFC and she will now be labeled as the first ever UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion at 135 pounds.
Over the past few months, Dana White has been voicing his opinion of the 25 year old and is quite fond of her to say the least.
“She’s a rock star man. She’s been fantastic. I love Ronda Rousey, man. I do.”
Miesha Tate has also confirmed on Twitter that she will be UFC bound as well, fueling rumors of a potential rematch of their grudge match back in March of this year.
Initially, this was bad news for STRIKEFORCE, which will be forced to shut down its doors after its January 12 event, stacked with three title fights. The demise of the promotion was highly suspected when rumors of Rousey’s move was close to being materialized.
Rousey will soon make her promotional debut inside the famous Octagon.