LAS VEGAS, NV – Early Thursday morning at a UFC conference, Olympic gold medal winner Caitlyn Marie Jenner announced her acceptance into the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s roster for 2016. In her announcement, Caitlyn immediately challenged Ronda Rousey, a fellow Olympic gold medalist in Judo, and a fan favorite among MMA viewers everywhere.
“I think a fight between Ms. Rousey and myself would be incredible,” she stated. Ronda Rousey is often regarded as the top female MMA fighter pound-for-pound, but Caitlyn seemed to be exuding confidence in her own fighting abilities. “I’ve been training for a long time to make this dream of mine a reality, and it feels very unreal for it to finally be happening to me. I feel like I’m at the point where I can declare her as my rival.”
Dave Scholler, the vice president of the UFC’s public relations department seemed to be just as joyful as Jenner for the new addition to the roster. “She’s definitely a skilled fighter, there’s just no denying it. When we put her up against the other girls, there was almost no contest,” Scholler said when contacted for commentary. “And to be honest, after Rousey’s upset earlier, we’re confident Jenner will provide a breath of fresh air into the Ultimate Fighting Championship.”
This decision has not gone without evoking the ire of a few fans and professionals within the league, however. “There needs to be more of an outrage,” Richard Lickar, a participant in the 2002 UFC championship stated. “She’s 66 years old, she has much more experience than any other fighter in the game at the moment. It wasn’t right for her to call Ronda out either, she’s being dramatic and trying to drum up controversy. Typical.”
However, Scholler assures us that Caitlyn will fight in next year’s championship despite the controversy over the experience discrepancy. He hopes that it will bring in a new wave of UFC fans, and also hinted at a redesign of their Tumblr in order to bring the spotlight on Caitlyn Jenner.