UFC building women’s division, Ronda Rousey trying to get exposure for women’s MMA


UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will coach on the first ever mixed gender season of The Ultimate Fighter. This will be a huge landmark in the history of women’s MMA, spearheaded by the biggest draw in the women’s MMA division-Ronda Rousey.

Rousey spoke to FOXSports in a recent interview regarding her role in the growth of women’s MMA:

“I have to kind of take a lot of the work now and try to get exposure for women’s MMA,” Rousey said. “For me, taking this project is one more thing I can do so I don’t have to do all the work later and risk (over) exposure. I don’t want all this to be dependent on me.”

Rousey will be coaching opposite the winner of the Cat ZinganoMiesha Tate fight, and will be fighting either Zingano or Tate at the end of the TUF 18 season, as is tradition. Another tradition in the TUF house is drama and on-camera antics. Something that may become more apparent with a mixed gender season.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen,” White said when asked about the possibility of sexual encounters in the house. “We have never done it before. I don’t know, man. You can’t hide (from the cameras). You pretty much give up all your freedom to be in the house.”

An always game Rousey then spoke about a potential match-up with either Zingano or Tate.

“Miesha and I already have history, so that would be entertaining, then again, Cat has an undefeated record. A fight between me and Cat would be pretty awesome. How many times do two undefeated fighters face each other for a title?”

For me, Ronda Rousey is an absolute gift to the sport of MMA. She has a great attitude, foresight, raw physical abilities and she seems dedicated in furthering the possibilities for women in MMA. I am genuinely excited to see TUF 18, and the coach vs coach battle which I am praying is Rousey vs. Zingano!

  • That means yes there will be banging on the show!

  • I've said this for some time, the show needs drama and the show needs a female presence, whether or not it's female fighters, Ring-Girl auditions or just some freaking general housekeeping, laundry and cooking services, so the guys don't either have to waste their time with the tasks or live in a pig stye.

    *** sells. I can't believe it's taken them 18 seasons to realize it.

  • Just hope it don't turn into Jersey shore type..

  • Here is my prediction: women's mma will not stay in the UFC; I don't think that it will occur because of a lack of talent in women's MMA — but in a lack of fan interest. When Dana says he is "all in" on women's mixed martial arts, I believe he means it as a feint; he's just trying to take advantage of the fact that he has Ronda Rousey. He's probing to see if women's MMA can be successful, and if it can, he'll continue with it. If it isn't… well, he'll just abandon it. I think what will happen is that the UFC analysts will eventually determine that women's MMA is not bring monetary value to the UFC and then they'll get rid of it. When they get rid of it, Dana will come out and say, "I was all in. I did everything I could, but the talent pool wasn't deep enough."

  • Dana is doing everything right to promote womens MMA and this may take a decade to accomplish. Women appearing on the ultimate fighter may entice younger generations to enter the sport but at the moment there doesn't appear to be any major interest in any of the female fighters other than Rhonda and possibly a mild interest in Cyborg.

    • @ Enjoy

      I thought the remedy in this day and age for a lack of public interest in or awareness of someone, was to simply release a *** tape.

      I wonder if The UFC brass or even any of the female fighters, themselves, have considered the *** tape promotional tool, idea? It did wonders for Kim-K and Paris.

      • @truth…I'm happy to help participate in any of Rhondas films she wishes to make