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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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31.

Brian    

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..

613 days ago
32.

Phishie from Philly    

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

613 days ago
33.

Keyser Söze    

SOOOOOOO HOT...

She can kick my ass every day.

613 days ago
34.

LOLOL    

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.

612 days ago
35.

Michael    

I think I love her...

612 days ago
36.

ok    

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.

612 days ago
37.

ex lax    

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

612 days ago
38.

manbearpig    

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!!!

612 days ago
39.

She's baaaack    

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

612 days ago
40.

Mike    

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.

612 days ago
41.

Smithy    

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

612 days ago
42.

Mike    

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).

612 days ago
43.

larry    

Those men will kick her ass all day long

612 days ago
44.

Mrs. Gossip     

I told you bitches!

612 days ago
45.

tamara    

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.

612 days ago
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