Ronda Rousey Becomes UFC Champion, Strikeforce Finished After January Show

Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey has made history as she is set to make her UFC debut in 2013. The report comes along with another and states the recently announced January 12th Strikeforce event in Oklahoma City will be the promotion’s last.

Rousey (6-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) will become the UFC’s first female champion, with her 135-pound Strikeforce title now becoming the UFC’s women’s bantamweight title. An opponent for her first title defense in the UFC will need to be sought, of course, and will make that opponent the second female UFC signee. This will mark history since women have never fought inside the Octagon during the UFC’s 19-year history.

Zuffa officials will look to to sign Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos once she returns from a yearlong steroids suspension. Santos has been hesitant to drop from 145 pounds, where she was Strikeforce’s champion before being stripped of the title after her positive test. But with a spot on a UFC card, likely a pay-per-view and potentially in a headlining slot, available to drop down to fight Rousey, may give her a certain change of heart.

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