The debate surrounding whether or not the UFC will eventually welcome female fighters into the Octagon has picked up steam over the past year based primarily on the ability of Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey to both sell and win fights. While some might argue women have the ability to turn in tilts as exciting as any of their male counterparts, others point to the difficulty in promoting divisions lacking any real depth.
However, while neither side is necessarily wrong, Rousey herself is confident her sisterhood of scrappers will make their way to the UFC eventually as the sport of MMA continues to grow.
“I think it’s a distinct possibility. Women are tough, women are clever. We’re going to find a way to get everywhere. You can’t stop us. We’ll be here at some point,” said the unbeaten 25-year old judoka when asked to address the topic on UFC Tonight.
Though Rousey made a good case, co-hosts Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian were a little less optimistic, mentioning a “super-fight” might make sense but it would take awhile before women taking to the infamous eight-sided cage would be a believable sell to the public.
Check out the complete interview with Rousey below:
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MMATraining Take: I think it’s interesting that fans are constantly sold on how little depth there is in terms of female fighters, yet how many top-level flyweights are out there? I’m fairly certain even the most informed person would struggle to list ten who meet the same standards heaped on women’s shoulders.