The talk of the UFC’s first female fight had been a hot topic after it was announced that Ronda Rousey (6-0) would be transitioning into the promotion. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1-1 NC) was the name many had hoped would be the first to challenge for the title, but that wasn’t case and Liz Carmouche (7-2) was given the nod instead.
Dana White wished the fight was happening, but noted that Cyborg’s manager, Tito Ortiz (16-11-1), thought against it.
“No, it should be happening,” said White. “That’s the fight that should be happening. Tito Ortiz is her manager and he advised her against it.”
Ortiz and White are quite familiar with one another as it was the UFC president who introduced the Hall of Famer to the UFC back in 1997. Over the years, White said Ortiz was the most difficult fighter to deal with. Ortiz became a manger after retiring over the summer.
Cyborg is currently suspended due to a failed post-fight drug test. Rousey vs. Carmouche will headline UFC 157 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on February 23.