Dana White: ‘Ronda Rousey’s Contribution To Women’s MMA Is Underrated … She Deserves More Credit’

Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey put on one of the sport’s most entertainingly dominant displays during her tenure with the mixed martial arts promotion. Scoring a 12 fight winning streak in the UFC’s bantamweight division, Rousey only went three rounds a single time in her career. While Rousey has yet to officially retire, few fans are hopeful that the former champion will ever make her way back inside the octagon.

Suffering a TKO loss to now reigning champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, Rousey found herself on a two fight losing streak. She has not competed in mixed martial arts since the loss.

Speaking on the Pardon My Take podcast, UFC President Dana White offered his thoughts on Ronda Rousey. The UFC president believes she may be underrated among modern MMA fans.

Here is what Dana White had to say:

“(Rousey is) underrated. Look at what she did. Look at what she built. She started it all.”

On her rise through the bantamweight division in the UFC, Rousey amassed a massive following of fight fans. Rousey’s rise to fame is largely considered one of the defining moments for the rise of the UFC female divisions. Doubling down on his opinion of Rousey as an MMA pioneer, White added:

“You had such a dominant female fighter. She was so bad ass and she spoke well and she was pretty. That whole combination of what she was built that whole female mixed martial arts phenomenon. She was the right person at the right time to do it.”