UFC president Dana White carried a UFC championship to the press conference on Thursday for UFC On Fox: Henderson Vs. Diaz. After fielding several questions, White announced that Ronda Rousey is the first-ever female champion in the UFC.
Also, White went on to announce Rousey's first fight, as the former Olympian will face Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157 on February 23 from Anaheim.
"I got a lot of respect for Liz because she was the only one that wanted this fight right now," Rousey said. "It speaks loud to her. When other girls want to come around, come to the big show, they know where I am at."
Rousey was greeted to a loud ovation when given the UFC title. She expressed her disappointment in not facing Cris Cyborg first, but White said the bout would likely be the next female fight.
"That was the fight we wanted to make, we worked hard to make that fight," White said. "I believe that this fight will happen."
Carmouche is 7-2 in her career, including two consecutive victories. Rousey is a perfect 6-0 with all six victories coming via first round armbar.
- Video: "UFC On Fox: Henderson Vs. Diaz" Press Conference Set For 3 PM ET/Noon PT
- Gilbert Melendez In Negotiations With UFC
- Early Reports Of Ronda Rousey-Cris Cyborg At UFC 157 Denied By Cyborg
- Michelle Gutierrez Off Bellator 84, Patricia Vidonic Named As Replacement
- Joe Lauzon Volunteers His UFC 155 Fight With Jim Miller For New Co-Main Event
- Ronaldo Souza Grateful For Spot On Strikeforce Card
- Bellator 84 Championship Fight Pulled
- TUF: Smashes Lightweight Final Now Set
Get more great MMA news and analysis over at Fightline.