Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Ronda Rousey

Becomes 1st Female

Fighter to Join UFC

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

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.

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!

No Avatar


She's a badass but Dana white is a total d-bag. I so look forward to the day when tmz reports that he got his ass whooped by one of his fighters..

713 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

She can kick my as.s any time she wants too.
Phishie from Philly

713 days ago


The UFC is desperate now. All the fights they put on are garbage and boring. They only have about 3 stars left and the rest are average joes who learn mma.

But i am glad this chick is in the UFC now because i want to see her get her ass beat by Cyborg. Esp since she acts like a punk..lol Cyborg > Rousey.

713 days ago


I think I love her...

713 days ago


When the ref see's the elbow bent backwards, why does he wait for a tap out? It's obvious the joint is completely dislocated..does he really need the tap????????
All about the arm-bar I guess.

713 days ago

ex lax    

this cannot be good for the bb circuis or the carnival circuit

713 days ago


ronda was great as a guest on tmz. she was funny and seemed really comfortable with the role. i hope she comes back again soon.
ronda: if you are reading this understand something- i totally want to give you the womb broom AND get you in the fartbox too!!!

713 days ago

She's baaaack    

Never heard of her. Almost never heard of the UFC.

713 days ago


UFC owns Strikeforce, so he's just merging the talent pool. Dana's 'allowing' women to figt in the UFC because there's money to be made there. Ronda was influential in that business decision because she puts butts in the seats and $ in the coffers.

713 days ago


Once a fighter comes up who is better at defending arm bars than she is at dishing them out, this girl is screwed!

713 days ago


It would be cool if they had some kind of tournament across 2 or 3 under-cards to get the women's division started, then have them headline a show for their Championship fight(s).

713 days ago


Those men will kick her ass all day long

713 days ago

Mrs. Gossip     

I told you bitches!

713 days ago


She beats every woman fighter so she needs better competition. Whether the guys beat her or not I have a lot of respect for her.

713 days ago


She wont be fighting guys... She is the 1st woman to join the UFC and she will be fighting other female fighters. I like her, she's a great athlete and she has great skills but she wouldn't be able to compete against a male UFC fighter.

713 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web