The UFC’s first female champion, Ronda Rousey, is set to defend her 135lb. belt this weekend in a rematch against former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. Rousey was the first woman to be signed by the UFC, when she was brought over from Strikeforce at the start of the year.
In November UFC president Dana White announced that the organization would be adding a women’s strawweight division to it’s roaster, following an initial all women’s TUF which would crown the division’s first champion. The UFC purchased the division from Invicta FC where Carla Esparza was their current 115lb. champion.
Ahead of Rousey’s epic showdown with her rival from TUF 18, “Rowdy” spoke to Fox Sports Live host Charissa Thompson and have her view on the UFC’s new women’s division.
“I love the 115 pound chicks that are coming in. They’re so talented. They’re so charismatic. They’re so cute. They’re almost adorably trying to kill each other. It’s like cute, yet scary. It just brings so many emotions out of you.”
“I think the fans are really going to embrace it and I can’t wait for there to be another women’s champion. Now it’s really been proven the UFC is moving past that ‘experimental phase’ for the girls. They’re really investing and seeing people love it.
The women are set to join the UFC following the UFC’S first all female cast on The Ultimate Fighter. The victor will be crowned the UFC’s first women’s strawweight champion.
Rousey also spoke to Thompson about her friend and occasional training partner, former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. Diaz retired from the sport this year after he was beat by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158, the loss was Diaz’s second straight after losing to Carlos Condit previosly at UFC 143
When Rousey was asked why she felt Diaz turned down a rematch with Condit at UFC 171, “Rowdy” had this to say.
“Nick’s been fighting for a really really long time,” said Rousey. “I’ve only been fighting for three years, I mean, he’s been fighting I think for over a decade now. This sport puts a lot of miles on you very quickly. If he feels like he needs a rest and to take a break, you can’t fight for anyone other than yourself. You can’t fight sooner than you feel like you should. It really is a life and death situation out there and you have to do it when you feel it’s right.”
When she was asked directly if she felt like Diaz would return to the cage. Rousey smiled and replied, “Yeah, I think he will”.
Diaz hasn’t competed since his loss to GSP back in March. The loss came after a brief retirement following a defeat to Condit for the Interim championship back in February last year. What do you make of Rousey’s comments? Do you think Diaz will return the the octagon?