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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