Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is reportedly set to become the first female fighter to join the UFC amid strong rumors of the promotion’s demise. While the reports from TMZ’s sports branch have yet to be confirmed by UFC and Strikeforce officials, UFC President Dana White tweeted his usually cryptic smiley face not long after the reports surfaced.
Rousey will likely be named the UFC women’s bantamweight champion once the deal landmark deal is complete. The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in judo has taken the MMA world by storm in only a few short years. Rousey has won all six of her professional fights via her trademark armbar attack.
While Rousey is joining the UFC it is unclear what, if any, this will mean for the for a prospective women’s division in the UFC and it remains possible that Rousey would mainly be there specifically for big fights, with the rest of women’s MMA remaining with promotions like Invicta FC and the XFC (among others) moving WMMA forward.