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Posted by on 2017/02/13 · Comments: 00 · Filed under: Opinion, Original

So did the UFC. After the majority decision loss to Germaine de Ramadie at UFC 208, Holm is back in unfamiliar territory, riding a three fight losing streak.

After that night, it’s hard not to have reservations about this division’s success. Think about it, us fans are constantly hearing about the 145-pound division being too “green.” We hear the division lacks substance and to make matters worse, we haven’t been introduced to the featherweight roster. If you click on the division’s page on the UFC’s website, you’ll only see the two girls who fought inside the Barclays Center for the inaugural featherweight belt. I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit worried about this division. The UFC put their only star up against a badass woman who the world didn’t know very well. It goes without saying, their girl failed them.

Now, we’re back in phase one.

I’m 99.9% sure that Dana White and the rest of the UFC is hoping the USDA/Cyborg storyline gets put to rest so they can build the division around the best female pound-for-pound fighter. But seriously, what do you do now after the first featherweight title fight in history will forever be attached to a controversial ending? What do you do with the champion needing surgery and your only other star in the process of knowing whether or not she violated the anti-doping policy?

Well there’s a few options for Dana. You know I’m always trying to save his ass.

MMA and a Rapper: The Featherwight Division

Now that we know everyone in the featherweight division is hardcore ducking Cris Cyborg, I figured I would help Dana White out with his next steps regarding the featherweight division. We explore what's next for Holly Holm after her loss at UFC 208, the possibility of unifying the Invicta FC featherweight championship, and more. Tell a friend, to tell a friend that I'm gunning for a job with the UFC.

Let Germaine rest...

Immediately after her win at UFC 208, de Randamie stated she needed surgery. I personally think she's running from Cyborg. So if I were Dana White, I would take the opportunity to reveal the featherweight roster and let the division develop in the absence of its champion. After her controversial win (playing extra dirty by hitting Holm after the bell, twice), de Randamie is going to come back to a very passionate crowd, praying for her demise. If all goes well on both ends, I say de Randamie vs Cyborg for the 145-pound gold strap. This should be the next title fight booked. Let's just hope Dana doesn't come with his interim belt nonsense.

Bring on Cris Cyborg

We all know who the real 145-pound champion is. Let's hope USDA doesn't fuck that up. Right now, Dana White and the rest of the mixed martial arts world, is awaiting Cyborg's fate: to see if she will have to serve a suspension. If Cyborg is forced to be away from the octagon, Dana will have no choice but to start bringing in some of the best 145-pound fighters from Invicta. But what happens if she's cleared and ready to go with the champion out? Easy answer. Unify the Invicta FC belts, inside the UFC ring. Obviously the UFC won't unify Ivicta's belts; even if they promote it as a regular fight, the real fans know what the match will signify. Dana, I would start looking into Cyborg vs Anderson. Let's let Holly rest. We don't want to force her into another loss.

Sign Invicta's biggest star

We've been demanding over Twitter, which makes me positive the UFC has Megan Anderson on their radar. What a perfect time to bring in the Australian 145-pound badass. She has so much potential to help build this division and she's ready for the big stage, so she claims. With de Randamie needing surgery, Cyborg has been calling out Anderson over social media. If you ask me, I think Anderson is ducking the "real" featherweight champion. But it looks like Megan has other plans and is asking for a matchup against Holly Holm. I think either fight is good for the interim champion, however, the fight which makes the most sense right now, is against Cris Cyborg. If USDA forces Cyborg out of competition, it looks like Anderson is one of the only options the UFC has to book. If not against Holm, then against an up-and-comer or bantamweight willing to move up. If there's one thing I've learned in this sport, is you can't run forever. It's impossible to escape fate.

Book Holm against an up-and-comer

Holly Holm has lost her last three fights. So fu*king crazy to think. After beating Ronda Rousey, Holm hasn't had the most success inside the octagon. Many critics are comparing her career to Buster Douglas, who is notoriously known for upsetting Mike Tyson. If you ask me, I think Holm needs some time to rest. After, she should get right back to fighting as soon as she's healed, preferably against an up-and-comer. I don't want Holm's career to be defined by her win over Rousey and I believe the UFC should give her the chance at getting back on a win streak. If they put her up against Anderson, I don't think it would be good for the former champ's career. But only time will tell. I wouldn't be mad at her getting an immediate rematch if Cyborg is suspended. She deserved the draw at UFC 208.

Bring on the real featherweights

If you need a solid list of who to sign, don't forget I already gathered a list of the most badass 145-pound fighters. So I'm not going to sit here and go over every fighter that should be on the UFC's radar. All I know, is the UFC needs to reveal some type of roster, otherwise, the hype behind the division will slowly fade in the background. We need a real list of woman to show their commitment to this division. My fear is that if Cyborg has to serve a suspension, the division will be put on hold with the champion out and no real featherweights signed. We'll probably see more bantamweights in 145-pound bouts. Dana, this division needs your commitment more than ever. We're ready to see the real power featherweights are capable of producing.

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