UFC 207 Fight Card: Dana White Defends Ronda Rousey For Refusing to Do Media Commitments

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 12/29/16 12:37AM EST
UFC president Dana White with women's MMA superstar Ronda Rousey
UFC President Dana White, right, introduces UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on the stage for a Q&A session during the Macao UFC Fight Night Press Conference at the Four Season Hotel on August 20, 2014 in Hong Kong(Photo : Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Ronda Rousey has once again been given some special treatment, after she was allowed to not partake in any media obligations prior to UFC 207.

The former UFC women's bantamweight queen will be making her Octagon return at UFC 207 on Friday, December 30th, against current title-holder Amanda Nunes. The headliner fight will be taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Media responsibilities have always been a mandate for any top-ranked fighter in the UFC. It is an obligation that could lead to harsh penalties, if a fighter refuses to comply. In July, current lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who is also considered as the UFC's golden child, was pulled off from his supposed headliner at UFC 200 against Nate Diaz, because of the same reason.

Rousey had apparently asked for the same situation to be applied to her, but the main difference is that she and her camp had stipulated it as part of the deal, before she signed to fight Nunes in October. According to UFC president Dana White, however, since Rousey had "done so much for the UFC", he did not hesitate to say no when this was what was asked from him.

"Back in the day, Ronda would literally do anything we asked her to do," White said during Wednesday's pre-fight media scrum in Las Vegas (via Bloody Elbow). "Anything. And, if the guys won't do something, she would pick up the ball and do it herself. So, for her to ask for something like this, how can I say no to that?"

McGregor is deemed by many of his fellow fighters as a workhorse when it comes to media obligations, and they recognize that he deserves the accolades he has been getting. According to White, however, "Ronda smokes everybody", when it comes to the amount of press they do. But when asked if Rousey will still be allowed to be given the same treatment in the future, White had a concise response.

"No. This is a one and done."

 

 



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