After a week of speculation, UFC President Dana White confirmed the UFC’s signing of Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. White confirmed the news on “The Jim Rome Show.” The signing makes Rousey the first woman to sign with the promotion. An opponent, and debut date, are expected to be named soon.

In another bit of Strikeforce news, it appears that Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will not fight on the promotion’s January card. Rumors of Melendez being out spread quickly, with Brazilian site Tatame reporting the news, before White seemed to confirm the news in a fan chat with the Montreal Gazette. Melendez will reportedly need more time to rest his injured shoulder and will likely have his next fight in the UFC if Strikeforce does close shop after the January fight card.

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