Sounds like the UFC isn’t trying to let the ladies catch fade, but we can’t figure out why. Everybody likes to watch a cat fight.
White briefly confirmed that heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is doing well in his recovery from surgery, then was asked, “When are we going to see women in the UFC?”
White replied, “never.”
Fortunately for those of us who want to see women in the Octagon, White has shown in the past that “never” does not mean what he thinks it means.
White himself has acknowledged that his “nevers” often don’t last. Before James Toney stepped into the Octagon, White said, “I said I would never put on a freak show. I’m putting on a freak show.”
Other examples of White going back on his “never in the UFC” words: When Karo Parisyan pulled out of his UFC 106 fight, White declared he would never fight in the UFC again. When B.J. Penn spurned the UFC to go fight in Japan in 2004, White told him he’d never fight in the UFC again. When Chuck Liddell was knocked out by Shogun Rua, White said Liddell would never fight in the UFC again.
So what makes me think women in the UFC will some day be added to the list of Dana White “nevers” that weren’t really nevers?
The primary reason is financial. Right now, there’s not a female actively fighting who could make a big enough difference to the UFC’s bottom line for the UFC to sign her. But there was a time, just a couple of years ago, when Gina Carano was becoming popular enough that White and Lorenzo Fertitta contacted her about possibly entering the Octagon. That didn’t work out, and right now there’s no female draw comparable to Carano in 2009, but there’s no reason another female fighter couldn’t gain enough popularity outside the UFC to make White want to see her in the UFC.
But there’s another reason I think White will change his mind: Giving women a shot in the UFC is simply the right thing to do.
C’mon Dana, don’t be an idiot, “never” never means “never” it just means “until the money gets right”. In the illustrious words of one Mr. Christopher Bridges aka Ludacris “Let them hoes FIGHT, and pull they weave out!”