MANILA, Philippines – Ronda Rousey, the women’s bantamweight champion of Strikeforce, will make history as the first female fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
The unbeaten Rousey (6-0) has dominated all of her mixed martial arts opponent, with all of her six wins coming via first round submissions.
TMZ first reported the story of Rousey’s signing, which was confirmed by MMA Fighting.
Rousey’s switch comes as Strikeforce announced that they will hold their last fight card on January 12 in Oklahoma City.
Aside from Rousey, UFC will also reportedly sign Miesha Tate, whome Rousey defeated via armbar submission when they fought last March.
UFC has never put on a women’s mixed martial arts fight, though UFC president Dana White recently said that he expects female fighters to soon appear in the company’s fight card.
He has also repeatedly complimented Rousey, calling her a “unique individual.”
“The reason I got interested in women’s MMA is because of her... There’s something different about Ronda Rousey,” White said.