9. Women can scrap too
Thought the UFC was a boys only club? Think again.
Despite Dana White saying a few years back that women would never enter the Octagon, the UFC president quickly changed his tune after seeing now current female bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey dominate rival Miesha Tate in their 2012 Strikeforce title fight.
Now the face of women’s MMA, Rousey was the catalyst that caused White and company to finally introduce a female division into the UFC earlier this year. The Olympic judo bronze medalist caputred the world’s attention when she became the first woman to headline a UFC event this past February, becoming the first female UFC champ in the process with her seventh consecutive first round armbar victory over Liz Carmouche (pictured) at UFC 157.
Set to make another first by becoming the first female to coach on The Ultimate Fighter reality series, it’s clear that the women’s division is here to stay.