The face of women’s MMA is UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The amount of media exposure garnered by the former Olympian prior to her UFC debut is unmatched.
This evening, Rousey will feel all that pressure when she faces Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche on pay-per-view from Anaheim.
While most feel it is Rousey’s fight to lose, female fighting will continue in the Octagon even if Carmouche pulls the upset.
“Two women are going to fight, whoever wins is going to defend the title,” said UFC president Dana White earlier this week. “It’s no different than two guys fighting.”
The UFC has booked a second female fight for later this year, as Miesha Tate will take on Cat Zingano. Sara McMann, another ex-Olympian, and Alexis Davis were recently announced as members of the bantamweight division, with plans to bring in 15 fighters total over the coming months.
“The commitment to women’s MMA is there,” White said. “We are going to build this division up. These women are talented and they belong here. They are going to come in, fight on a card and prove it, just like every other person who has come in the UFC.”