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Around 53% of the pro MMA talent competes in three divisions between men's 145 and 170 lbs.
The other 47% of the talent competes for nine belts in the other men's divisons and in the UFC's four women's divisions. Exclude the females and 55% of the talent pool competes between 145 lbs and 170 lbs in men's MMA.
Fightmatrix ranks 750 active male pros at 155 and 700 at 170 lbs but they could rank them into the thousands if they wanted. 250 men are competing and ranked at FLW and the same goes for HW. So LW alone has more active men competing than FLW and HW combined. Less than 200 active females are ranked and competing for fifteen titles in five divisions in the major promotions (UFC, Bellator, ONE, PFL, Invicta).
UFC created a WMMA FW division while the talent pool is so tiny that just to create a "top 20" at FW, fightmatrix has had to combine the WMMA 155 lb fighters into the 145 lb rankings on their site so UFC BW/FW champ is ranked #1, Bellator FW champ is ranked #2 and PFL LW champ is ranked #4 in a division she has never even made weight for. Those twenty ranked fighters also include lots of former BWs who have just moved up to compete up in weight.
Over half the sports talent pool should not have to compete in three divisions for three UFC belts while 47% of the sports talent pool gets to compete in nine divisions for nine belts.
Dana has done a lot of things right in MMA, this is not a bash Dana thread but his ignoring the fighter's need for 170 lbs to be changed to 165 lbs and 175 lbs will go down in history as one of his biggest mistakes.