MMA fighters in who fight in the women’s 115-pound weight class who thought they would never fight in the octagon will now have their chance.
Today the UFC declared their intentions to establish a women’s strawweight (115-pound) division in the future.
It was not that long ago when UFC President Dana White said that women would never compete in the UFC. That would chance after he met Ronda Rousey, who was the catalyst who helped White see women’s MMA in a new light. This past year the UFC established a women’s bantamweight division – with Rousey as the champion – and has produced several quality fights and featured women fighters as contestants on the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Although fans and critics may not like the idea of the UFC adding another weight class – especially one in the women’s division – the addition of women 115-pound fighters is a great thing.
First and foremost, it will benefit fighters on many levels. Top women’s 115-pound stars like Felice Herrig, Carla Esparza and Jessica Aguilar can finally achieve their dream of fighting in the UFC while prospects like Tecia Torres, Joanne Calderwood and Bec Hyatt will have something to shoot for down the road.
This could also benefit fighters in the atomweight division(105 pounds) like Michelle Waterson and Jessica Penne, if they decided to move up in weight or flyweights (125 pounds) such as Barb Honchak and if they want to move down to 115 pounds.
One promotion that could benefit from the UFC adding a strawweight division is Invicta Fighting Championship.
When the UFC first established their women’s 135-pound weight class, there was speculation that Invicta would not survive, despite the promotion actively looking for fighters to fill their women’s bantamweight class, as well as having four other weight classes on their roster. While a UFC 115-pound women’s division may seem harmful, I do not think Invicta FC will be hurt by this. The organization has plenty of stars in their 115-pound weight class and if some of their talent leaves to fight in the octagon, they can simply sign and feature more talent in the strawweight division. This can also be the case of XFC, World Series of Fighting and Cage Warriors, who have already established or plan to establish their own women’s strawweight divisions.
Fans of women’s MMA will also benefit from the UFC’s strawweight division as it gives them a chance to see their favorite 115-pound female fighters fight in the octagon.
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