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Ronda Rousey Never Doubted Dana White Would Notice Her

Ronda Rousey (6-0) hasn’t only grabbed the attention of MMA, but the world when she signed a contract with the UFC. Since her professional debut in 2011, one of her goals was for UFC president Dana White to notice her.

“Before I became a pro I was saying that, so when I was training for my pro debut at King of the Cage is when I first said it on camera,” said Rousey to Orange County Register. I said, ‘This guy [Dana White] is going to love me and there’s nothing he can do about it.’ I was so sure. You know, I never doubted it.”

Less than 18 months after her professional debut, Rousey caught the attention of White who only two years prior said women and the UFC didn’t mix. She has since been crowned the inaugural bantamweight champion and also holds the honor of being the first female fighter to sign a UFC contract. The first ever UFC female fight will feature Rousey and Liz Carmouche (7-2) in the main event of UFC 157.

The two meet February 23 out of Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.