Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently revealed he is "absolutely" committed to bringing women into his promotion, thanks mostly to the overwhelming success of one Ronda Rousey, the current Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion.
He's got good reason to want to do so. Rousey, a former Olympian judo player with immense talent and skill with looks to match, has been running through every single opponent put in front of her. She's been breaking arms left and right but on top of that, she's been breaking ratings records on Showtime.
That's enough to convince White to get into the women's MMA business while the women's MMA business is getting good.
Assuming that happens, Mike Chiappetta of MMAFighting.com brings up a rather interesting point: women would then be on equal footing to men in the sporting world, perhaps for the first time ever.
In the flurry of interest that surrounds the possible move of Ronda Rousey to the UFC, there has been one thing missed, and that is this: the introduction of female fighters to the world's biggest mixed martial arts promotion would be the biggest leap forward for women's sports in nearly 20 years.
This wouldn't be a side-by-side league, as the WNBA is to the NBA, or its own tour, as the Women's Tennis Association is as compared to the Association of Tennis Professionals. Instead, the women would be competing on the exact same surface, and for the same air time, as the men at the sport's highest levels.
It's not out of line to think Rousey could headline a pay-per-view event ahead of elite level men. That's empowering for women when in other sports they aren't consider much more than also-rans and less talented versions of men.
While there's still likely a general perception of something similar in MMA, there's no doubt this would level the playing field quite a bit.
Issues remain. There isn't as much depth, at least not yet, and if Rousey were to have a sudden change of heart on her fighting career, who knows what could it happen. But adding a division to the world's premiere MMA organization would help create stars, doing far more than anything any other show could.
So why not? This sounds like a win for everyone, no?