With Ronda Rousey (6-0) and Liz Carmouche (7-2) as the only two confirmed female fighters on the UFC roster, UFC hall of famer Tito Ortiz sees plenty of room for growth in the division. Ortiz thought it was amusing, that for years UFC president Dana White said females would never compete inside the Octagon and now they will headline a PPV.
“It’s kind of funny because Dana said women have no business fighting in MMA,” said Ortiz on MMA HEAT. “Now he’s biting himself in the butt for saying it.”
Ortiz, who manages Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1-1 NC), thinks that the UFC needs to have three weight classes like Strikeforce had. Santos was their featherweight champion for years until she was stripped of her title due to testing positive for steroids.
While Santos wants to join the UFC, the cutting of weight has been a problem since White informed her there are no plans to create another division after he introduced the women’s bantamweight title.
Ortiz disagrees and thinks there are plenty of women out there who can help make more than one weight division possible. He remains pleased that women are finally in the UFC.
“There’s a lot of depth in MMA for women fighters,” said Ortiz. “It’s just a matter of time.”