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    Dana White on why Ronda Rousey will headline UFC 157: 'She's the champ' - MMA Fighting

    LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White has heard the critics who have questioned why Ronda Rousey is going to headline a pay-per-view event in her UFC debut. And he has a simple answer: "She's the champ."

    Rousey, the inaugural UFC women's bantamweight champion, will meet Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Feb. 23. Many within the industry felt it was a risk to put the first women's fight in UFC history in such a sink-or-swim position. 

But the way White explained it at the TUF 16 Finale post-fight news conference, he's not treating Rousey's title fight any differently than a if a men's title fight was on the card.

    "She's the champ," said White. "You will never see a situation in any fight, whether men, women, the lightest weight division there is. If you're the champion, you're the headliner. You're the top of the card.

    "I've seen some people talking s---, 'ohh, the women's fight is headlining,'" White continued. "Ronda Rousey is badass, she's a champ, her opponent stepped up to the plate and wanted this fight with her when no one, others didn't. I don't give a s-- what they say, that's a fact."
    White compared the reaction the Rousey-Carmouche announcement received in some circles to his decision to headline UFC 35 in 2002 with the Jens Pulver-B.J. Penn lightweight title fight, won by Pulver on a majority decision.

    "What people don't realize is there was a time and a day when we put the '55 pound division and headlined it with a title fight and people said, 'you can't headline a title fight, BJ Penn and Jens Pulver in a title fight headlining?' This is ridiculous. BJ Penn become one of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts and a huge pay-per-view draw."
    White copped to the notion that Rousey was the first women's fighter to catch his attention and change his mind about his long-held stance against women in the UFC.

    "I'll admit Ronda's the one who got me interested, but this is going to be done the same exact as the guys. Nothing different," White said.
    But the UFC boss went on to empathically say that he considers the women's bantamweight division a deep talent pool, and that there will be other fights within the division.

    "I'm looking at Ronda and all the other 135-pound women the same way I'm looking at the guys," White said. "They're UFC fighters, and they deserve all the recognition and perks and all the other things that go along with the men. Everyone keeps asking all this crazy s--, it's not f-- 1920 guys, there's women fighting in the UFC, there's a woman who's the champ, she's mean, she's nasty, she's badass, and there are other girls in that division who are tough. There are fights out there that will be interesting, and I'm going to treat them the way I treat the guys, no different."
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    Probably the best explanation Dana has ever had. Must resist awful joke about how Rhonda owes him a sandwich...must resist!

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    She is the UFC champ without having one single fight in the org.
    Priceless!!
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff


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    I for one am glad to see women in the UFC. Just like other combat sports I believe they deserve to be there. Women deserve to be in their with the big boys. I enjoy women combat sports. I train with women and enjoy watching them show their skills. Fighting is not like the NBA or NFL. It is an individual sport and anyone with skill can show that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasha K View Post
    She is the UFC champ without having one single fight in the org.
    Priceless!!
    you better feel the same way about aldo getting his belt in the UFC then...or is it okay because hes a guy and shes a girl?

    Now i wasnt around this forum when that happened, but i dont remember anyone in the mma community complaining that Aldo got his belt before having a fight in the UFC, why for Ronda?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonesKnows View Post
    you better feel the same way about aldo getting his belt in the UFC then...or is it okay because hes a guy and shes a girl?

    Now i wasnt around this forum when that happened, but i dont remember anyone in the mma community complaining that Aldo got his belt before having a fight in the UFC, why for Ronda?
    I felt the exact same way about Aldo.
    But just for the record, before coming to the UFC, Aldo had a 18-1 record. Way more impressive than a 6-0
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasha K View Post
    I felt the exact same way about Aldo.
    But just for the record, before coming to the UFC, Aldo had a 18-1 record. Way more impressive than a 6-0
    You're so goddamn stupid.

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    I'm fine with them being in the UFC is was going to happen, but it's way to early for it. How can you build a division solely off of one fighter. There is a relatively small handful of fighters at 135 that would be considered as quality fighters and even fewer that would be considered championship level.

    If Rousey loses which isn't highly likely but possible the division is going to get tanked in no time and it'll set things back even farther. If she wins how many matches are there out there for her 2-3 ? There seems to be no other immediate plans for the womens division outside of getting Rousey on PVP. This just isn't the time for it yet.

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    Sucks...

    lol...what a tool.

    Less than a year ago he wasn't for women's mma, but now, anyone who doesn't want to see a women's fight headline a card "lives in the 1920's"...typical Dana White.
    Last edited by dbader08; 12-17-2012 at 11:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinVoorhees View Post
    You're so goddamn stupid.
    Suck my dick you little cunt.

    Last edited by Pasha K; 12-17-2012 at 09:16 AM.
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff


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