UFC president Dana White never passes up a chance to run down those who have been proved wrong.
So for those who razzed him for deciding to put the first women’s fight in promotion history — bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche — as the main event for UFC 157 on Saturday at the Honda Center, it looks like White might get the last laugh.
At a press conference Thursday at the Honda Center, White said this card has already surpassed the gate the last time the UFC was in Anaheim — which featured the heavyweight title bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos at the end of 2012.
“There’s all this talk about pay-per-view buys and wondering how the women would do. I just talked with (Zuffa co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta) and this fight is trending very well,” White said. “So all the people, all the naysayers and everybody who said this and that about two women headlining a fight, I won’t be a prude, but you know what I usually say about this.”
It was pointed out, however, that one of women’s MMA’s biggest critics used to be White himself. The UFC head honcho was once caught on tape by TMZ claiming women’s MMA would never be in the UFC.
“Actually, the way I look at it is, you know, that’s just me. But there were a lot of people that felt very negative about women fighting in the sport, and I didn’t realize how many people would be so negative about two women headlining a card,” White said. “But after I did my homework and I saw some of these fights, I got into it, I met the girls, it is the right thing to do. I’m proud to be standing here today announcing this fight is gonna happen in two days.”
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