Found December 07, 2012 on
The wait is over.
About three weeks ago UFC president Dana White announced the organization’s first female signing: former Olympic medalist in judo and Strikeforce member Ronda Rousey. The question then became when and who would be her first bout.
Well, wonder no longer, as the 25-year-old’s first fight with UFC is now officially scheduled for February 23 at Anaheim, California’s Honda Center. The match will be the title card of UFC 157, and Rousey will be the title belt holder, defending her title from Liz Carmouche.
UFC had apparently asked Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos to be the first to compete against Rousey, but she reportedly refused their offer to fight at 135 pounds.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Liz,” Rousey told ESPN. “She’s the only one who stepped up and said she wanted this fight right now.”
Rousey’s had impressive career in mixed martial arts so far, going 8-0 in Strikeforce — with all of her victories coming by armbar submission, her signature move.
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While a lightweight championship affair headlines the Octagon’s final FOX card of 2012, UFC president Dana White has just placed title implications on Saturday’s co-featured attraction between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson.
According to White, the victor of the pivotal shootout will get next dibs at the 205-pound crown.
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Here is UFC president Dana White on the cover of Fighters Only magazine. Dana had a rough year with all the injuries, hopefully 2013 will be better on that end.
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Dana White UFC on FOX Henderson vs. Diaz Vlog
A lot of firsts were revealed during Thursday’s press conference in Seattle. For the first time in the history of ever, UFC president Dana White slapped a UFC belt on a woman.
Moments after that, White announced freshly-crowned bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (Pictured) and Liz Carmouche will be the first females to ever headline an Octagon show. The 135-pounders will serve as...
Cristiane Cyborg Santos says she is now willing to fight Ronda Rousey at 135 pounds in the UFC, giving fight fans the most anticipated fight in MMA Women’s history at some point in 2013.
The rumor mill has been swirling for the past month about Michael McDonald being the next in line for Renan Barao’s Interim Bantamweight Title. On Tuesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” UFC President Dana White confirmed that the match-up will go down.
No date or time was announced, but the fight will more than likely take place in early 2013.
Barao (29-1) was originally wanting...
Watch the live weigh-ins today live at 4pm ET.
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MMA fans won’t have to wait much longer to watch Ronda Rousey’s UFC debut. The newly crowned 135 pound UFC champion will have her first title defense at UFC 157. The fight will headline the February event featuring Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida in support.
If you were waiting for the Anderson Silva vs. GSP UFC fight, you’ll have to keep waiting. GSP has officially declined the fight and instead hopes to settle a long standing grudge with Nick Diaz once Diaz returns from suspension.
Now that “UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz” is officially in the books, make sure to stream tonight’s post-fight press conference live right here on 5thRound.com.
The presser is scheduled to start at approximately 11PM ET/8PM PT.
In addition to UFC president Dana White (Pictured) and the card’s featured fighters, the other notable athletes who won’t require medical attention...
Ronda Rousey made some history today as she became the 1st female UFC World Champion, in addition to being the 1st woman signed to the organization. Prez Dana White awarded “The Bone Collector” the UFC bantamweight strap during a presser for UFC on FOX 5. Rousey’s first defense will be at UFC 157 as she takes on Liz Carmouche in the main event. I’m usually in favor...
Who will Georges St-Pierre fight next?
The number one contender in the Welterweight division is without a doubt Johny Hendricks; the possibility of a super-fight with Anderson Silva is up in the air and Nick Diaz’s name has been in the mix when he returns from his suspension.
At today’s UFC on FOX 5 pre-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that St-Pierre has...
The UFC will hold their traditional pre-fight press conference today for UFC on FOX 5 at 12pm PT/3pm ET at the Seattle Center Pavilion inside KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.
Expected to be in attendance are UFC President Dana White, as well as lightweight champ Benson Henderson and challenger Nate Diaz, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson, B.J. Penn and Rory...
This is obviously staged, but funny nonetheless. “I’ve had her, twice.” Classic.
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A day after a bit of a tease about Ronda Rousey’s first UFC fight, things finally are official.
But Rousey won’t be fighting Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, as Wednesday’s rumor had her meeting. Instead, Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be meeting Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) as the first defense of her new UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 157 in February.
During Thursday’s pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) jokingly hoped none of the athletes in attendance fell on stage and hurt themselves before Saturday’s scraps. Given the rash of injuries that have ravaged several Octagon shows in 2012, the tongue-in-cheek comment carried a sense of seriousness to it.
While none of “UFC on FOX: Henderson...