Dana White, Ultimate Fighting Championship president, can't say how many female fans his organization draws, but he's certain the number will spike upward Saturday night.
It's all because Ronda Rousey, a 26-year-old former U.S. Olympian in judo from Venice, Calif., will headline the UFC's first female fight against challenger Liz Carmouche in the main event at Honda Center in Anaheim.
Rousey, who has won each of her professional mixed martial arts matches by first-round submissions via armbar, was anointed the UFC's bantamweight (135-pound) women's champion at a December news conference after previously being champion of the most notable outlet for women's MMA, Strikeforce.
"This is the most media attention we've ever had before a fight," White said, projecting a sellout and strong pay-per-view sales. White said Rousey has easily surpassed UFC star Brock Lesnar as far as media attention.
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Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, 43, has thrown batting practice for the first time since knee surgery last year, when he was limited to nine games. Rivera expects to be ready when the Yankees open the regular season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.