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Rousey and Tate sign with UFC

Rousey and Tate sign with UFC
November 9th 2012

The UFC has its first females.

Ronda Rousey and Meisha Tate have both been signed to contracts with the organization, according to multiple reports.

Rousey has been installed as the immediate UFC women’s bantamweight champion, according to the US celebrity site TMZ.

Tate posted a Twitter message announcing her move from Strikeforce to the UFC. “So Stoked to be fighting for the @UFC it's been a dream of mine for along time! SO happy it's finally come true.”

It has been speculated for some time that the UFC would be instituting a women’s division sooner rather than later, although it was not certain when.

As recently as this time last year, UFC president Dana White was giving emphatic answers of ‘Never!’ when asked about the prospect of a women’s division in the organization.

But Rousey’s sky-rocketing popularity and ability to garner press attention prompted a rethink - not to mention the prospect of her selling pay-per-view units.

There is no news yet on when the women will debut, or who against. Other female fighters will also presumably be signed and announced in the coming weeks.

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  • Jason "Blackwidow" King

    Posted at 13:47 on November 9th 2012

    Hell yeahhhhhhhhhhh, can't wait to see Rousey rip it up in the UFC cage. Sexy and deadly will bring the ratings even higher then before.

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  • Kåre Aksel Jensen

    Posted at 16:04 on November 9th 2012

    A women division at 135 pounds seems pretty good. Lots of talent out there for the UFC to sign. Besides Rousey and Tate, the "nobrainer" signings would be Alexis Davis, Sarah Kaufmann, Sara McMann, Liz Carmouche, Marloes Coenen, Hitomi Akano, Leslie Smith, Cat Zingano, amanda Nunes and Shayna Bazler.. Later on Jessamyn Duke and Tae Stratford should come on as well. Several fighters from 145 might make the cut at 135, including Cyborg, if she drops the roids. Lets face it, Cyborg has no other future in this sport now, than at 135 pounds. Im especially happy about this, as I have UFC for free in my cable package here in Denmark.

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  • Nigel Preece

    Posted at 11:33 on November 10th 2012

    I keep saying a great way to introduce a few new female fighters would be through a TUF series.

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  • choppersson

    Posted at 12:00 on November 12th 2012

    I love it. Can't wait to see the first defense on a UFC show! Great news!!

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