“It would definitely be a cool thing to stick on your resume, but I wouldn’t do it for that reason. It’s important because of the history. I want a tie to a historical place like this and I want to be remembered in a positive way. I’m from Los Angeles, where if something is 50 years old, they tear it down and build a new one. It’s not for my own vanity. It’s for a place in history. I don’t have a single picture of myself fighting in my house. I don’t have my belts, they’re hidden. I don’t like putting stuff out there, but I like fighting for a place in history… I would love to have the opportunity to fight here because this is another time I feel like I earned the right to fight here because I fought for it. It wasn’t just something that fell on my plate; I was part of the process and I think that’s what a lot of the New York fighters will be feeling when they finally get to fight in their hometown. It’s not that they’re just defending their turf, but they fought for their right and won the right to be able to defend their turf. Any fighter that fights here is going to feel that vibe, but the New Yorkers are going to feel it double. I’m a little bit envious, to be honest.”
-Ronda Rousey talks to UFC.com about wanting to take part in the organization’s November debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Penick’s Analysis: Rousey’s return almost has to come on this card. It just makes far too much sense with the timetable that’s already been put out there, not to mention their desire to bring something massive to New York for this debut event. Rousey did a lot of lobbying in the past couple of years, and her success as a female superstar in the sport did help the image of the UFC in their efforts to finally pass legalization in the state. She belongs on the card, and we should expect her to be a big part of whatever plans they have for Nov. 12.
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