When the UFC comes to Brooklyn, New York in February, history will be made, as not only will it be the first time the premier MMA organization has had a show in Brooklyn, but it will be the first time we will see a UFC Women’s Featherweight Title holder.
And no it will not involve Cris Cyborg! the bout will be against Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie.
This will come as good news for fans, who have been looking for more than just the two women’s weight divisions in the UFC, and that is partly due to the popularity of Invicta. When Cyborg first signed for the UFC it was only a matter of time before a 145lb division was added. But for the first title fight we will see two world class strikers go head to head.
Holm could make history herself if she was to win, by becoming only the fourth person in UFC history to hold a belt at two different weight classes. Holm won her first belt last year when she beat the then 135lb champion and returning Ronda Rousey in a second round knockout.
The reign would be short lived, as Holm would lose the belt in her next fight to now retired Miesha Tate, which would start a Women’s Bantamweight pass-the-parcel. Holm from Alberquque, New Mexico would then go on to lose her next bout against Valentina Shevchenko.
De Randamie on the other hand is on a two fight win streak, having beat both Larissa Pacheco and Anna Elmose, both by KO/TKO, and has only lost once in her UFC career, to current UFC Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
Like Holm, De Randamie is a world class striker, having being a three division world champion in Muay Thai, and going 46-0 in her Muay Thai career, with 30 of those wins being by KO.
Even though the greatest 145lb women’s fighter of all time, Cris Cyborg, isn’t in this fight, surely she gets the winner!! Nope that honour, if all things go as some people are expecting goes to Ronda Rousey!
UFC President Dana White stated on an interview with ESPN, that if Holm wins, and Rousey beats Nunes at UFC 207 then we will have a champion vs champion bout!
But with the inclusion of the 145lb division, which is good news, as it shows the UFC are willing to invest more into Women’s MMA, how long before we see a 125lb division?