Megan Anderson’s solution to the UFC women’s 145 problem
The UFC has a featherweight champion, women’s G.O.A.T. Cris Cyborg, but no division. There’s Tonya Evinger and Yana Kunitskaya and Megan Anderson, and a few bantamweights willing to move up.
Anderson is muscular, with a strong Muay Thai background, and is on a four-fight win streak. There is hope she can give Cyborg a run. The pair were supposed to fight at UFC 214, but withdrew for personal reasons.
She hoped to a rescheduled title shot, but now she fights former bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 225 on June 9, at featherweight. With a win, she may get Cyborg.
However, during a recent appearance on BJ Penn Radio, she said she wants a division.
“I would love for the UFC to start signing more featherweights,” said Anderson, as transcribed by Nathan Zur for Sherdog. “You know, you have to build a division somehow. Why don’t you just sign all the featherweights that they have in Invicta right now and build from there? Divisions aren’t built overnight so let’s have a slow, steady intake of featherweights.”
“Let’s promote signing other featherweights because, at the end of the day, a division isn’t just solely made up of a few people. In every division you need to have the bottom level, the middle tier, and the top tier, and that’s how you work your way up into the position I’m in. I was at the bottom and I worked my way up, and every division needs that. So whether there may be more middle of the road fighters than top, there’s nothing wrong with that because the only way that they can get to that top level is by fighting up. Taking those opportunities. So I just wish that they would back [the division]. Who knows what will happen in the next year or so.”
A champion without a division is nonsensical. Anderson’s solution is how the UFC got started with WMMA, and makes complete sense.