Dana White at one point was adamant about women never fighting in the UFC. Fighters like Gina Carano, Sarah Kaufman, and Shayna Baszler were attempting to sway the mind of the influential UFC president, but could not.
The one woman who did change his mind was Ronda Rousey. Earlier this year, White announced a Women’s bantamweight division. Subsequently, Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche took part in the very first women’s fight in the UFC at UFC 157. Since then, women have been putting on stellar fights in the UFC and garnering a lot of attention and support.
The Ultimate Fighter’s current season has been incredibly successful, due in large part to women being introduced on the show. In fact, the show has 44 percent better ratings when women are fighting rather than men fighting. Ever since the Rousey/Carmouche fight, media and fans alike wondered if the UFC would add another women’s division to their roster.
Today, it was announced that the UFC will in fact add a 155 lb. (straw-weight) women’s division. During a taping of ‘The Fighter & the kid’ podcast, Dana White told hosts Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen, that the UFC is working on adding a women’s 115 lb. division.
Evidently, Dana White and the UFC are ecstatic with the current state of women fighters in the UFC, and are prepared to expand and promote more women than ever before. Details regarding when 115 pounders will debut is scarce, but any information will be updated.
An interesting note about adding a new division is that Dana and the UFC have been talking about the roster being too full for some time. It seems that adding a weight class would be counter-intuitive to shortening the roster. Is a big roster cut coming soon? Either way, this is fantastic news for women fighters all around the world.