UFC won't schedule more WMMA fights until after Rousey's debut at UFC 157

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Coming up on February 23, Ronda Rousey will make her UFC debut in the first ever WMMA fight in the promotion's history. On Wednesday, Dana confirmed that fans will have to wait a while before seeing any more ladies in the Octagon.

In just one short month, the UFC will hit a milestone with their first ever WMMA bout. Headlining UFC 157, Ronda Rousey will defend the women's Bantamweight title against Liz Carmouche. Prior to signing Rousey, UFC president Dana White had been largely against a women's division in his promotion, often citing the lack of depth as a reason.

Since scheduling her first bout, White has made it no secret that WMMA in the UFC will be "The Ronda Rousey Show." He reinforced that point Wednesday at the media scrum following the UFC 158 press conference where he confirmed that they won't be scheduling another female fight until after UFC 157:

After (Rousey vs. Carmouche). Let's get this one out of the way. (The next women's fight will be scheduled) probably right after that.

The UFC has been promoting Rousey as the first woman to ever fight in the Octagon, so it's expected that they wouldn't have another WMMA on 157 or prior. However, delaying scheduling of the rest of the division does contrast with how they handled introducing the lighter weight classes in late 2010. After the WEC merger, Featherweight and Bantamweight fights were scheduled immediately and well before any of the champions made their debut.

With UFC On Fuel TV 8 and UFC 158 both fully scheduled, the UFC's "wait and see" attitude regarding female fighters mean they'll have to wait until April at the earliest before scheduling another WMMA fight. Fortunately, there are 4 events now scheduled for April. But we'll still have to see what female fighters will get a chance in the UFC, as the only two listed on the UFC's roster are Rousey and Carmouche.

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