It's just a matter of time before the UFC launches a women's division. UFC president Dana White started the conversation in an interview with SI.com. Dana cited Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate as the event that changed his mind.
Dana White: "[Ronda's] a dude in a girl's body. She loves to beat the [expletive] out of people and she's serious about getting better. She's not saying, 'I'm the champ and I've beaten everyone in the first round,' and taking a victory tour. She's up there in Stockton working with the Diaz brothers, trying to get better." source
Strikeforce fighter, Liz Carmouche, who hopes to be Ronda's next opponent, tweeted her thoughts on the news. "@danawhite has committed to having women in the UFC. You have @RondaRousey to thank for that [whether] or not you like it."
Sara McMann, Cris "Cyborg" Santos, Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey
Good news! Dana White can now name four female MMA fighters. Not too long ago, in answer to a reporter's question, Dana could only name two female MMA fighters: Cyborg and Rousey.
Amazingly, Dana White mentioned Sara McMann's name in the same list that he noted female MMA royalty, Cris "Cyborg" Santos and "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey.
Miesha Tate and Sara McMann provide two more variations of what women fighters bring to the table. For young women looking for athletic role models, there's something for everyone in this group of four.
I say amazing because McMann, who won a silver medal at the Olympics in 2004 as a wrestler, has yet to appear on a Strikeforce card. McMann (6-0) has chosen a slow and steady climb on her journey towards stardom as an MMA fighter. Being listed with the top three well-known female MMA fighters is an indication that her decision is working for her.
But McMann will have to beef up her online persona to compete with the Queen of Smack Talk and her casual comments that get re-tweets galore. This little @RondaRousey gem garnered 60 retweets, "It's almost a shame to train right away in the morning while having a good hair day... # fightchickproblems"
It takes a village...
Dana's announcement opens the door to speculation about an all-female season of the reality TV show, "The Ultimate Fighter." Although, if one of the coaches is Ronda Rousey, that means the 135ers won't be chosen as the weight class.
The TUF organizers won't have far to look for a bevy of female fighters in a variety of weight classes who are serious about their MMA training.
The all-female MMA fighter organization known as Invicta Fighting Championships has completed three shows successfully in 2012. Invicta FC 4 is in the works for the beginning of 2013.
Invicta: You've come a long way, baby
Invicta FC's Shannon Knapp and Janet Martin have another reason to celebrate. They took a huge risk presenting all-female fight cards--and streaming them free online. The shows have been well received. The fights have been exciting. Some of their fighter's names are becoming more recognizable to fans.
Invicta looks like the next best fight organization to join the Zuffa family. Strikeforce is looking wobbly after canceling two shows in a row. Adding Invicta into the mix would provide a steady stream of interesting female match-ups in a variety of weight divisions.
Bellator: But not far enough
As former Strikeforce champion, Miesha Tate, continues to remind us, the fight for attention and equal treatment is far from over. Tate is Twitter bashing Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, for his organization's choice to place their champion, Zoila Gurgel on the non-televised undercard for Bellator 78.
Strong words from Miesha Tate in a tweet directed to Rebney, "@bjornrebney your response is lame, her return is highly anticipated, you guys have a star in @ZoilaGurgel and clearly, you are blind."
Just in case, Rebney missed that tweet, Miesha sent one to @BellatorMMA, "Real cool @BellatorMMA just ignore your fans like you do your fighters... We wanna be able to watch @ZoilaGurgel fight on TV she's your champ."
Regarding Tate vs Rebney, I give Tate an "A" for effort and loyalty to Zoila. By hurling Twitter bombs, Tate raised Zoila's profile and now more fans will make an effort to watch Zoila's fight online.
For his part, Rebney is ignoring Tate. He reported his reasoning for why Zoila is on the preliminary portion of the card. Zoila Gurgel vs Casey Noland will be shown live on Spike.com on Friday, October 26.
Source: Twitter, Sherdog
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. Currently, she trains with Keith Florian and has trained with UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny