Sonnen welcomes Rousey to UFC

Posted at 11/12/12 9:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Light-heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen welcomed women's champion Ronda Rousey to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) while also poking fun at former champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

Rousey (6-0), the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion, recently signed a deal that will make her the first female fighter to compete in the UFC.

"I'd like to congratulate Ronda Rousey on becoming a pioneer in this sport," Sonnen told TMZ, as quoted by ESPN UK

"It's well deserved and overdue," he added.

But Sonnen also used the occasion to poke fun at Jackson as well as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

"Looks like Mitt Romney has a new favorite fighter and Rampage Jackson has another opponent he can't beat," Sonnen quipped.

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