Jessica Eye and Ronda Rousey: Women Breaking Ground Inside the Octagon
This Saturday, March 14, before UFC 185 takes place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey will speak about women breaking ground inside the UFC’s octagon.
Rousey will be joined by fellow bantamweight and possible next title contender, Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye, UFC President Dana White and ESPNW Senior Writer, Allison Glock.
The event will be held in Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas beginning at 12:30 PM
Two years ago Rousey was a relatively unknown, yet decorated judoka, without any prospects for a career. Today she’s a global superstar that has taken MMA and Hollywood by storm.
In 2012, White changed the pro sports industry by announcing Rousey as the first female champion. Since that historic day, women have headlined pay-per-view events and competed in an all-female cast of The Ultimate Fighter, which crowned a new champion.
For the first time in sports, women are on the same playing field as men – featured on the same cards and given the same opportunities.
The creation of the women’s division was a landmark move that changed the fan demographics to nearly 40 percent women, led to over 20 million social media followers and a loyal audience around the globe.
When White went back on his word of saying women would never be part of the UFC, he did more than add a weight class, he revolutionized the relationship between women and the pro sports landscape.