As the old adage goes, “It takes two to tango.” UFC president Dana White appears ready to dance, but he believes plenty more Ronda Rouseys (Pictured) are going to have to come along before females make a dent in the male-dominated sport of mixed martial arts.
Nonetheless, White was blown away by Rousey’s impressive performance against Miesha Tate and believes the “Rowdy” one is on the cusp of superstardom.
“I’ve been saying for a long time about the women’s division, there aren’t enough women to create a division,” White stated during Tuesday’s press conference. “But every once in awhile you’re going to have the fighters to create these one-off fights. That happened last Saturday night.
“Ronda Rousey is going to be a big star.”
White never had the luxury of having Gina Carano as an active employee since acquiring Strikeforce last March, but he touched on the lack of depth dilemma when Cristiane “Cybog” Santos was perceived to be head and shoulders above her peers – that was prior to January’s flunked drug test, of course.
Rousey’s emergence comes at a critical juncture for female fighting, as many believed the ladies had lost all the momentum that was gained from Carano and Cyborg’s watershed shootout in August 2009. That scrap marked the first time in history where two females headlined a major MMA show.
Rousey and Tate picked up the torch this past weekend, but the questions now are; How far can Rousey run with it, and how soon until she can get some help?
Sarah Kaufman appears first in line for a shot at Rousey’s freshly-minted bantamweight crown, but ‘Rousey vs. Kaufman’ doesn’t quite generate the same box office buzz as say, ‘Rousey vs. Cyborg.’ Unfortunately for fight fans, the Brazilian is facing a year-long suspension so that’s not happening anytime soon.
Don’t hold your breath for Carano to end her sabbatical, either.