If you haven't heard yet, Dana White has stated that the UFC is looking into creating the women's strawweight (115lbs) division... my apologies it isn't official, but it sounds pretty certain
This is gigantic news for WMMA, and just one of the signs, that WMMA is gaining ground, and quick. Only about two years ago, did all-female promotion, Invicta FC, come in with the strong leadership of Shannon Knapp, and put on there first event. Fast forward to today, and it's great to see the UFC recognizes the talent available at 115lbs.
So what does this mean for Invicta and it's surround weight classes?
Well, as we saw with UFC's 135lbs inclusion, girls from 145 and and 125 moved down and up to fight in the UFC. Germaine de randamie, Jessica Andrade, Rosi Sexton among others.
As for invicta Shannon released this statement, which was essentially saying they have a great working relationship with the UFC and will continue to put on events and strawweight fights.
Now let's take a look at the potential roster, which in my honest opinion, is stacked to the fucking tits. The depth is greater than bantamweight women, and flyweight men, no doubt.
The natural strawweights - these are girls that have already made a name for themselves at the weight class
1. Jessica Aguilar
2. Claudia Gadelha
3. Carla Esparza
4. Ayaka Hamasaki
5. Katja Kankaanpaa
6. Felice Herrig
7. Joanne Calderwood
8. Mizuki Inoue
9. Mei Yamaguchi
10. Alida Gray
11. Patricia Vidonic
12. Emi Fujino
13. Tecia Torres
14. Rose Namajunas
15. Bec Hyatt
16. Herica Tiburcio
17. Kinberly Tanaka Novaes
18. Stephanie Eggink
19. Heather Clark
20. Kailin Curran
21. Emi Tomimatsu
22. Mika Nagano
Every single girl here, has the ability and talent, that I feel can be considered "UFC" level talent...
Other strawweights worth mentioning (Brazil's 115 scene is rich):
Camila Lima, Livia Souza, Mylla Torres, Andressa Rocha
That's 26 girls. I'm so fucking excited, it's retarded.
Oh, and how would an introduction to the 115 women via Ultimate Fighter sound? I know it's dying, but a recent poll of favorite Canadian women, just proved to be the Ultimate Fighter still works. It ain't Forrest Griffin, Michael Bisping power, but in the poll, Sarah Moras had way more votes than Alexis Davis (a girl, who has already two wins in the UFC on main cards, Invicta and Strikeforce exposure)
The Ultimate Fighter is still viable, ONLY FOR THE WOMEN.. fuck the men. The UFC please stop cutting top 10 fighters like Okami and Fitch, so that there's room for all these TUF males.
Girls from 105lbs and 125lbs - Invicta is no doubt going to lose a chunk of it's roster
Almost every girl in my atomweight rankings have fought at 115lbs before.
1. Michelle Waterson
2. Jessica Penne
3. Simona Soukapova
4. Cassie Rodish
5. Lacey Schuckman
6. Seo Hee Ham
7. Stephanie Frausto
8. Naho Sugiyama - I dont think she cuts any weight to make atomweight, plus she is the product of being ranked due to only Japan having an atomweight division for the longest time "not UFC level"
9. Alex Chambers
10. Amber Brown
11. Kikuyo Ishikawa - not UFC level
12. Sadae Numata - is absolutely shredded at 105lbs
13. Celine Haga - she got annihilated at strawweight, but her game has improved a lot even if it's at 105lbs
I really think this 115lbs division is going to break down so many barriers. When people see very masculing woman in "Cyborg Santos" beating on a "feminine" looking woman, it just looks terrible. This division is going to show that feminine women can display beautiful violence. We already know the huge draw an aesthetically pleasing girl, who can fight, is (Ronda, Gina, and Miesha does have more Twitter followers than (interim) Champs Renan Barao, Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson)
The biggest difference I see with flyweights moving up to bantamweight is girls like Rosi Sexton and Jessica Andrade are shorter than most actual bantamweights. Conversely, Carla Esparza the current Invicta 115 champ is 5 ft 1, while girls in atomweight don't have the height discrepancy that flyweight girls have. The exception has been Jessica Evil Eye, and I think more than one girl can be make a similar impact.
That's 10 more potential "UFC level" talent coming in. Now, I don't think all these girls are gonna try for the UFC, even though I think they absolutely should... Leslie Smith deciding to move down to 125 was a terrible decision IMO.
The Flyweights - aka the potential giants
1. Barb Honchak - 5 ft 4
2. Leslie Smith - already cut from 135
3. Vanessa Porto - cut from 135
4. Jennifer Maia - 5 ft 4
5. Michelle Ould - 5 ft 2
6. Zoila Frausto - almost medically fucked up fighting at 115
7. Munah Holland - 5 ft 4
8. Tonya Evinger - barely makes 125
9. Joanna Jedrzejczyk - 5 ft 6
10. Kalindra Faria - 5 ft 5
11. Carina Damm - 2x PED user
12. Pearl Gonzalez - 5 ft 4
13. Julia Berezikova - 5 ft 6
14. Courtney Casey - 5 ft 2
This one is tough. I honestly don't know if any of these girls is going to attempt the cut down to 115. Casey and Ould stick out at only 5 ft 2. But, Joanne Calderwood and Heather Clark standing at 5 ft 6 are able to make 115lbs without fading in the later rounds.
Jessica Andrade - 5ft 2
Rosi Sexton - 5 ft 3, weighed in at 121 against Zoila Gurgel before, but is 36
Rin Nakai - 5 ft 1....... No one women naturally looks the way Nakai does, long shot, but she could do it, I think ... Does Dolce Diet work for women?
Karolina Kowalkiewicz - fought Simona Soukapova at 53 kg (116lbs)
And that's it... that's a lot of talent. Kudos, UFC, I truly think this is gonna bring in a whole new "boom" of fans. There are many marketable girls. And I just self-completed in myself. Christ. This IS MY "TUF" BOOM OR "BROCK LESNAR" BOOM... I was part of the Brock Lesnar boom.
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