For years, UFC president Dana White has said that he doesn't see a day when there could be a women's division competing in the Octagon.
His argument has always been that the weight classes in women's MMA simply aren't deep enough to justify creating an entirely new division for the UFC.
White has, however, said that “super fights” are always a possibility when involving a name like Gina Carano or current Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Last weekend, White sat as a fan and enjoyed the Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman card in San Diego, and between the main event and the bout between Miesha Tate and Julie Kedzie, the women seem to be making an impression on the UFC president.
“I don't think I've been too shy about what I think about Ronda Rousey, and not only did she look impressive on Saturday night, but her numbers killed it on Showtime, too. Ronda Rousey is a star,” White said during a fan chat for Metro PCS on Tuesday.
“I don't know how many of you have Showtime Extreme, but the fight with Miesha Tate was awesome, and I am warming up to women's MMA.”
Now that doesn't necessarily mean the ladies fighting in Strikeforce should pack their bags and expect to fight in the Octagon tomorrow, but it's encouraging to hear that White is starting to possibly turn the corner on women's fighting.
Rousey managed to lead Strikeforce to its largest TV ratings so far this year for a card airing on Showtime, and her star continues to rise as one of the most talked about athletes in all of MMA.
Now it's just a matter of time to see if the ladies will eventually find a home in the Octagon.
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