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Report: Rousey set to become first female UFC fighter

TSN.ca Staff

11/8/2012 9:47:21 PM

The landscape of mixed martial arts appears ready for change as reports indicate that Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is set to become the first female fighter to join the UFC.

According to a report on the website TMZ.com, Rousey will automatically be named the UFC's 135-pound women's champion and Sara McMann, Cris Cyborg and Miesha Tate are the fighters who are named as possible opponents for her first defence.

Rousey was the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo when she captured bronze at the Beijing 2008 Summer Games.

The 25-year-old currently has an unblemished 6-0 record, winning each match by first round submission via armbar. She defeated Tate to capture the belt she currently holds.

UFC president Dana White told TMZ last year that women would never be seen in his organization.

Additionally TMZ is reporting that Strikeforce will cease operations for good after running their next scheduled event in January.