Rumor: UFC considering another womens division


The excellent WMMA blog Pegson report that there are rumors that the UFC is exploring the idea of adding another weight division.

Six months ago I heard a rumour about after playing Miesha Tate out at 135, the UFC were considering making a 125lb division to make her relevant and cash in on popularity. Made sense to me. As Miesha is popular and can just make 125 and having two female divisions side by side means fighters could move between Both.

Then about three months ago I had a few people managers/agents ask about who are “the girls" at 115. I thought they meant 125 so I covered all bases and made two lists for 125 and 115 fighters that I personally deemed UFC calibre. I asked around about the rumour. Everyone within the WMMA community thought 115 in the UFC was ridiculous.  So I left it be.

About two weeks ago I heard another rumour from couple of peeps both slightly different rumours but both similar in the fact that ZUFFA feelers were inquiring about women’s talent In the 115lb division.

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If there is substance to the rumor and the UFC does decide to set up a 125 or 115 pound division, who do you think would be in it?

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Glovegate site profile image  

7/25/13 6:05 PM by Glovegate

One division is too much, imo.  Divide them into the UFC and Invicta so consumers can make a choice. Whatever though.  It's simple to avoid watching them if you don't want to.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

7/25/13 5:11 PM by MMALOGIC

The reason Zuffa is looking at 115 next instead of 125 is because with having these 2 divisions (135 and 115) you pretty much cover the entire female mma talent pool. woman who fight at 125 can fight at either 135 or 115 in the UFC.  woman who fight at 105 can fight at 115 in the UFC. woman who fight at 145 have an option of making 135. with 135 and 115 you'll attract most of the female mma talent and once those divisions become over stacked and more and more females enter mma then you can add a 125lb class, then a 105lb class then a 145lb class.

john_d1974 site profile image  

7/25/13 5:06 PM by john_d1974

VTFU! WMMA is FAR more exciting than the pussy weight men!

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

7/25/13 4:56 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

UFC 412 - The year 2071(Joe and Mike are now holograms, and Dana is somewhere nearby talking smack about Fedor. Anyways....)>Mike: Lion Martinez is one of the top 65 pounders in this division. This guy is a finisher, and studied under the female jujitsu star, Mary-Anne Gracie-Sonnen, the wunderkid herself. Can we expect to see this touted prospect fighting for a title soon in that crowded 65-pound division?">>Joe: Oh absolutely. This man is a beast and killer. He has vicious Muay Thai and a great wrestling base. And as we all know, after his coach Chael Sonnen moved to Rio to form his new gym, Americana The Redeemer, with good friend Anderson Silva, I think we'll surely see this 65 pound assassin claim gold in the near future.>>Mike: Let's head over to Brad Buffer.

Chromium site profile image  

7/25/13 4:15 PM by Chromium

  At most. These wouldn't be huge divisions. If there are 50 women on a 375 person roster (it's currently at 384 according to Zane Simon of SBNation, who keeps a list), that's an average of 2 out of every 15 fights. EDIT: I misread your post and was thinking of a 3-division scenario, but even with 4 divisions, the median card of 11-13 fights would have 2 fights on it.  

MMALOGIC site profile image  

7/25/13 4:09 PM by MMALOGIC

How many female fights are people willing to watch on a card?  if you add 3 more divisions that will mean around 3 female fights per card.  That's not that terrible.

Chromium site profile image  

7/25/13 4:00 PM by Chromium

Promoting Womens 125/115 wouldn't have to come at the expense of Mens Bantamweight and Flyweight. Those are tiny divisions, and one big thing about the women is that they're rather impossible to confuse with the men. Its not like confusing Mens Bantamweights and Mens Featherweights. Also W125 and W115 would be very small divisions of less than 20 fighters each even when fully fleshed out, with all but a few fights on free tv, so it's not like they'd be taking up a ton of space. Meanwhile Demetrious Johnson is headlining his second straight Fox show so it's not like they're not putting Flyweights out there, even if they should probably sign a few more. It just takes a while for new divisions to catch on. It took a while for Lightweights to catch on, particularly as former WW champion BJ Penn faded, and it took a while for Featherweights to catch on. Bantamweight has an inactive champion, and even the Interim Champion has had to miss a scheduled fight due to injury. They have their own problems there to sort out.

36 VS 14 site profile image  

7/25/13 3:37 PM by 36 VS 14

Awesome! bring those Vulvas to the UFC!!!!!!!!

caposa site profile image  

7/25/13 12:00 PM by caposa

They are obviously TRYING to promote the division, which is why they are putting the FlyW title fight on the biggest platform they have. But they have shown zero urgency when it comes to fleshing out the division. It's as if they plan to have 125 revolve around DJ and Benavidez forever.Bantam is another story. The interim belt in that division is more highly regarded than the real belt at the moment, but they refuse to strip Cruz even though he hasn't fought in 2 years. It's almost like they're waiting for Dominick to return before they start promoting the division.

json123 site profile image  

7/25/13 11:44 AM by json123

Honestly, I think the UFC needs to do a better job of promoting Men's 135 and 125 divisions before adding more. There is a title fight this weekend and it is not even being discussed that much.