Ronda Rousey just made MMA history ... becoming the very first female fighter to join the UFC ... TMZ has learned.
Rousey -- a former U.S. Olympian -- has officially joined Dana White's MMA organization ... and automatically becomes the 135 lb women's champion.
We're told 25-year-old Ronda will defend her title in 2013 -- possible opponents include Sara McMann, Cris Cyborg and rival Miesha Tate.
Rousey has been fighting in Strikeforce since last year and emerged as a superstar ... beating the living crap out of just about everybody she's faced. In fact, she's undefeated.
And there's more ... sources say Strikeforce, which airs on Showtime, will be running its last event in January before folding up shop for good.
A rep for Strikeforce had no comment.
It's a pretty crazy turn of events -- considering last year, Dana told TMZ women would "NEVER" fight in the UFC.
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TMZ is reporting this...take it with a grain of salt but HOLY SHIT!!!
EDIT:Now ariel helwani is reporting it on twitter and that the Jnauary card for strikeforce will be their last.Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani
And at the exact same time, TMZ is reporting that Ronda Rousey is officially in the UFC, and the Jan. event will be SF's last one.
http://www.mmafighting.com/ufc/2012/...old-last-eventRonda Rousey is on the verge of making history.
The Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion has fought her final fight for the promotion and is set to make her UFC debut in the near future, TMZ reported Thursday night. The Web site also reported that the recently announced Jan. 12 Strikeforce card in Oklahoma City will be the promotion's last.
MMAFighting.com confirmed with sources close to the promotion that both news items are in fact true and more information is expected to be released early next week.
It is unknown at this time when Rousey and the rest of the Strikeforce women will make their debuts in the UFC.
Strikeforce and Showtime officials refused to comment on the story when contacted by MMAFighting.com.