Big news on the Ronda Rousey front – yes, actual news and not just news to people like me with a
fetish obsession totally reasonable fascination with Ronda. During the UFC on FOX press conference today, Dana White hauled out a brand new UFC belt and presented it to Rousey, making her the first women’s champion in the UFC. Also announced: her debut will be as the headliner of the UFC’s big pre-superbowl event in February against Liz Carmouche.
Carmouche, if you’ll remember, seemed like the only female fighter actively courting the UFC for that fight and now she gets it, along with the distinction of participating in the first female fight in the history of the UFC. Not to shabby for someone who’s only been fighting since August of 2010.
As for Cris Cyborg, Dana White barely had time to hand the belt over to Ronda before people started asking him why the two weren’t fighting. Rumor had it that the big Rousey / Cyborg superfight was almost a done deal – so much so that the UFC’s Brazilian website actually listed it for UFC 157 for a few hours – but alas, the deal isn’t done yet. Dana White said negotiations were ongoing but he fully expected Ronda (or Liz if she wins, har har) to face Cyborg next at 135 pounds.