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Ronda Rousey

Becomes 1st Female

Fighter to Join UFC

11/9/2012 5:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ronda Rousey just made MMA history ... becoming the very first female fighter to join the UFC ... TMZ has learned.

Rousey -- a former U.S. Olympian -- has officially joined Dana White's MMA organization ... and automatically becomes the 135 lb women's champion.

We're told 25-year-old Ronda will defend her title in 2013 -- possible opponents include Sara McMann, Cris Cyborg and rival Miesha Tate.

Rousey has been fighting in Strikeforce since last year and emerged as a superstar ... beating the living crap out of just about everybody she's faced. In fact, she's undefeated. Just check out this highlight reel. (WARNING: SHE SNAPS SOME CHICK'S ELBOW IN THE VIDEO)



And there's more ... sources say Strikeforce, which airs on Showtime, will be running its last event in January before folding up shop for good. A rep for Strikeforce had no comment.

It's a pretty crazy turn of events -- considering last year, Dana told TMZ women would "NEVER" fight in the UFC.
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1.

tgrfan42069    

so wait she is champ just for signing? lmao

624 days ago
2.

PPC    

Hey it's Hayden Panettiere!!! I knew if she really worked out her little stubby body would grow muscles quick. She is so stocky and, evidently, strong. I was wondering when Hayden would go into the UFC.

624 days ago
3.

ohboy    

Dana is going to be disappointed when Cyborg DESTROYS this ****y arrogant bitch.

624 days ago
4.

jared phillips    

This chick wins by popping arms out of their socket, she's a beast.

624 days ago
5.

Emilio    

They're gonna f*** it up if they let women in...

624 days ago
6.

ash    

She only got in because she is screwing Dana!!!

624 days ago
7.

SheisHot    

She would be killer in the sack and, yes, I really mean that!

624 days ago
8.

adelle    

I hope these women are taken seriously, and don't just become a 'sideshow' attraction...I'm sure they train just as hard as the men and so why don't they deserve to be there?

624 days ago
9.

non fan    

One of her teachers is Gene Lebell aka the toughest man alive. Lebell is said to have chocked out Steven Seagal on the set of a movie back in the early 9os and also manhandled Bruce Lee on the set of the Green Hornet.

624 days ago
10.

DaveT    

Cool, Ronda's pretty and athletic, good mix, she'll probably put on a good show too, and...who doesn't like to see babes rolling around wrestling?

624 days ago
11.

Mrs. Gossip     

She probably is sucking off dana, he was been on record for years killing any chance of women fighting in the UFC. Plus I can't find this being announced on any MMA website. So this might not be a valid story.

623 days ago
12.

jose giraldo    

i know TMZ lieing, where the proof? only dana white can make the announcement , not tmz FIRST.

623 days ago
13.

JewJew    

Dana White runs both strikeforce and UFC she is the champ in strikeforce so just carrys over to UFC

623 days ago
14.

tamara    

No one wants to get in the ring with her because they know she'll snap their arm. Be afraid, be very afraid haha
Just remembered, she said she wanted to beat the c**p out of KimK. I'm liking her even more now!

623 days ago
15.

feinburgrl    

UFC is going to do one of two things. They will give her crappy fighters to boost up ratings or give a okay fighter and she gets her ass kick and loses and will never let a girl join UFC again.

623 days ago
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