Ronda Rousey's manager denies UFC signing; insists 'nothing has changed' with 'Rowdy' contract

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Despite a windfall of reports that Ronda Rousey is UFC-bound, her manager has gone on record to deny those rumors and state that "nothing has changed" with his client's current contract.

Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion and Olympic Judo gold medalist Ronda Rousey, undefeated through six professional (and three amateur) mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts, is joining the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2013.

Or is she?

While this report points to multiple sources, including TMZ and SB Nation's own Ariel Helwani, Rousey denied the rumor and her manager went so far as to say "nothing has changed" regarding his client's status as a Strikeforce employee.

From Sports Illustrated:

The manager for top female MMA star Ronda Rousey disputes a report claiming Rousey has officially joined the UFC.

"Right now, nothing has changed," says Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe, noting that Rousey is in Las Vegas to fly with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force demonstration squadron, and not to sign a UFC contract.

So then what the hell is Miesha Tate talking about?

Keep in mind, UFC President Dana White also said he had no interest in Vitor Belfort while he was fighting for Affliction, just as he reaffirmed his disinterest in Jake Shields when the American Jiu-Jitsu grappler was king of San Jose.

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

Nothing is confirmed at this time, but with the pending demise of Strikeforce, it's surely just a matter of time before the gals of MMA find their way inside the Octagon. I'm sure of it! Well, kind of.

And you?

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