Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – After a week of silence, UFC president Dana White finally confirmed that Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has indeed signed a contract to fight in the Octagon, becoming the first female with a signed deal to do so.
“She’s a real fighter and she’s very talented,” the UFC president said of Rousey during an interview with syndicated radio host Jim Rome.
“She has the credentials, the pedigree; I mean everything. I think she has that ‘it’ factor. I think she’s going to be a big superstar. This girl is nasty,” he added.
Celebrity website TMZ first reported the move on Nov. 8 but Rousey and officials from UFC, Strikeforce and Showtime denied a deal was in place.
Later, Rousey admitted in a tweet that she has signed with the UFC.
“Okay I admit it…I’m officially a @ufc fighter,” Rousey tweeted Friday. “SO excited! Can’t wait to debut! Let @danawhite know who you want my 1st opponent to be!”
The signing was significant for UFC because it has earlier refused to add women fighters to its fold.
However, White believes that Rousey’s rising stardom could have a great impact with the UFC.
White told Rome that he has lined up four or five good fights for Rousey (6-0) at 135 pounds in the next two years. He however failed to mention the date or opponent for Rousey’s first appearance.
It was reported that eight women will move from Strikeforce, for which Rousey has been champion since March 2012, to the UFC in 2013.