White: More women's divisions likely

by John Morgan |

Currently the UFC only features a single division for women's MMA, bantamweight, but UFC President Dana White thinks it's only a matter of time before they expand:

"You would think so," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) when asked if he expected to add more women's divisions to the UFC. "If you think about it, when we started this company, we had heavyweights, light heavyweights, middleweights and welterweights. That was it. When we brought in the 155-pound division, everybody was like, 'This is crazy. They're too small. Nobody will ever watch.'

"The evolution of this sport as it's continued to grow, we've been adding weight classes, and the sport keeps getting bigger. There are more and more talented guys in all those weight classes. The same thing will happen with the women."

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RyannVonDoom site profile image  

4/16/13 1:15 PM by RyannVonDoom


MMALOGIC site profile image  

4/16/13 1:13 PM by MMALOGIC

The UFC will eventually have 5 female divisions: 145, 135, 125, 115, 105

JerodR site profile image  

4/16/13 1:01 PM by JerodR

Invicta is fine.. Dana gets along with the owner, and they are not a threat to the UFC. You become a threat to the UFC, then you are a target for purchase. The WEC was kind of the exception to the rule so I suppose anything is possible. I would think Dana would like to leave Invicta alone and use them as a springboard to get into the UFC.

Feesha site profile image  

4/16/13 12:27 PM by Feesha

They need to keep the divisions on the same card for sure. With a typical 12 fight card, currently that averages over the (now 9) divisions 1-2 fights per division. If/when they add more women's divisions, I doubt the women would have more than 2 fights per card on average anyway. I'd say bring in a strawweight division first- it's the most stacked division after bantamweight.

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

4/16/13 12:25 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

UFC is actually creating a great opportunity for someone else to become MMA's leader in 10 years.They have gone from asking what people want, to telling them what they want.I am not excited about this at all.One division and a couple fights here and there are good enough.Concentrate on building the 125 div.They are getting greedy, and the fact that they peaked a few years ago is going to hurt them.

MartinLav site profile image  

4/16/13 12:21 PM by MartinLav

I used to watch all the fights, prelims and everything. Then they brought in the 125 and 135... I'm not interested in watching midget with no KO power fight.Now they have woman ?I'm losing interest in 'whole cards'. I only want to see a few fights per card nowdays.

kevsh site profile image  

4/16/13 11:10 AM by kevsh

With this latest announcement I wonder again, is Dana and co. really that in love with Ronda/WMMA or is it because they see Invicta gaining traction and they're being like Microsoft/WWE - wipe out your competition and rule the world?

Chromium site profile image  

4/16/13 11:05 AM by Chromium

  Outside of a very few at the top, 145 is more about the prospects on the horizon right now. On top of the division: -Cris Cyborg -Marloes Coenen -Yana Kunitskaya (pregnant right now) -Julia Budd -Ediane Gomes -Cindy Dandois (has not fought since her last pregnancy but is apparently not retired) On the horizon, off the top of my head: -Veronica Rothenhausler -Tamikka Brents -Marina Shafir -Tay Stratford   The division is definitely in rehab mode though at the very best (Invicta is really the one rehabbing it). There are people in-between the two groups up there like Elaina Maxwell that help as well, but they're not the ones who are going to save it. The people that give me hope for this division are people like Rothenhausler, who is scary as fuck, and Brents, who was scary as fuck if you forget about her last match where Amanda Bell forced her to grapple for 3 rounds (Amanda Bell was a debuting pro who was 6-1 as an amateur, with 6 stoppage wins and 1 loss to Stratford). There have been a lot of top female prospects across all divisions debuting only after extensive amateur records lately, who already start out as pros with extensive skillsets, including a lot who coming over from other combat sports. So Women's Featherweight is still savable (and 135 would have been a ridiculously low ceiling for Women's MMA as a sport btw), but it will take some time. Women's Flyweight is still probably the next division to be added to the UFC, and Women's Strawweight is also more logical than Women's Featherweight.

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4/16/13 11:02 AM by DJmixmasterMobbie


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4/16/13 10:48 AM by Nexuscrawlers

105 and 115 are where all the best fights and fighters are in WMMA imo. i really hope those 2 get added.