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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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16.

King Anton    

Carano is gonna be pissed. They need to have a Makeout Battle to solve there differences HEHE

678 days ago
17.

탑 TOP    

she's cute

678 days ago
18.

0.0    

How is she going to fight Cristiane Santos when Santos fights at 145, not 135? Santos is gonna need to shed some of that muscle to drop down.

678 days ago
19.

Jay W.     

I want her to saddle me and do a d.ck bar! I like this girl. Nice submission skills.

678 days ago
20.

MrHarrybawls2010    

UFC is a tool of the Devil. And those that watch it will be going to the fiery pits of Hell and beyond.

Love & Empathy,
Jack & Rexella Van Impe

678 days ago
21.

LISA    

Good for her, she totally deserves it!

678 days ago
22.

Justin    

Cris Cyborg is going to murder this one trick pony when they fight. Shes a typical big mouth Californian fighter who is dodging the fight.

678 days ago
23.

cole    

she looks like honey boo boos mom

678 days ago
24.

Jazzi    

She does the same damn move with her legs on every opponent how is that skill? Sure she's built and obviously has strength but really...learn a new move and show us you can really fight.

678 days ago
25.

Jazzi    

She does the same damn move with her legs or snapping an arm.. on every opponent how is that skill? Sure she's built and obviously has strength but really...learn a new move and show us you can really fight.

678 days ago
26.

Angus_kcalb    

In my limited experience, women who are introducing themselves into a man dominated area of life, work twice or three times as hard as men do. Often because they know that they will not be taken seriously solely because they are women. Both men and women in any sport should be judged by their skill and devotion, not their gender. Women in history have been denied the same rights and freedoms as a man, because they were seen as unequal in talent, strength, intellect, etc. There are many women in my life that have proven time and again that they work harder, even against impossible odds, and are more motivated than guys I know. Honestly, if she's got the skill and the guts to fight, let her. All others should (pardon the expression), man up, and get over it. Anyone who says that women shouldn't be allowed to be a man's equal in life is scared that she might actually outdo them. Suck it up and let her fight.

678 days ago
27.

manbearpig    

ronda rousey is like the buffed out butt-kicking version of julia stiles.
i would love to get hot and sweaty with ronda any day!!

678 days ago
28.

just because    

who cares that video was before they bought strikeforce who has girl fighters

678 days ago
29.

just because    

my friend told me this earlier and my response was....well don't they need a 2nd female fighter?!

678 days ago
30.

Simo    

Why Dana White don't take Marloes Coenen as a potential opponent? Ah, Coenen is a Golden Glory's team member...

677 days ago
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