Women more than proving their worth in the UFC?
UFC President Dana White was notoriously againd women’s MMA and women competing in the UFC for years. Ronda Rousey changed all that. White changed his tune and soon enough the UFC had it’s first women’s bout, a headlining champion bout between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. But people still wondered if the division could survive with a perceived lack of depth.
Another exciting women’s fight on Saturday between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano showed some of the depth and that women besides Rousey could be exciting and draw. Today, USA Today published a piece by Ben Fowlkes discussing the issue at hand:
But as Zingano and Tate demonstrated Saturday, there might be more talent in the women’s division than White realized.
That revelation couldn’t come at a better time for the UFC, which has struggled recently to hold fight cards together through the strain of last-minute injuries and a demanding TV schedule. To keep pace without diluting the quality of its events, the UFC needs a new source of stars.
That’s where the women come in, or at least where they should. Women’s MMA offers the perfect untapped resource.
In the next three months, at least two more women’s bouts are slated for UFC fight cards. If they prove to be anywhere near as exciting as Zingano-Tate, the organization might wish it had booked more of them.