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Posted by on 2017/02/04 · Comments: 00 · Filed under: Opinion, Original

The UFC announced late last year of their commitment to a women’s 145-pound division. Now, we are a week away from crowning the first ever UFC featherweight champion of the world.

Ironically enough, the UFC has decided to introduce the division by placing two bantamweights in the running for championship gold. Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie are set to scrap in Brooklyn, Saturday, February 11th and the winner will forever etch their name in women’s mixed martial arts history as the first ever champion at 145-pounds. I’m not mad at Dana White for booking these two; I’m think I’m more upset in the lack of recruitment he’s done or lack of  commitment rather, to this new addition in the UFC.

How can you start a division with two bantamweights? How can you even call it the “featherweight” division when featherweights aren’t fighting for the belt? Dana, I’m here to help you with your recruiting. I think I have a few badass women that could make the cut.

MMA and a Rapper: The UFC's (potential) Featherweight Division

Finally, the UFC has decided to commit to a 145-pound division. At UFC 208, they will crown their undisputed featherweight champion of the world. What's mind blowing is Holly Holm and Germain de Randamie will be fighting to immortalize themselves in MMA history. As we all know, Dana White's ducking game is at an all time high at the moment, so I've gathered a list of the most badass women to ever step foot inside the octagon at 145-pounds. I'm biased, but I think I've done good. I should also note that I'm sure Dana White won't disappoint when he does reveal the featherweight roster.

Megan Anderson

The most anticipated UFC debut goes to Invicta's interim featherweight champion, Megan Anderson. Filling in as the most badass featherweight on the planet, Anderson not only called out Dana White after destroying Charmaine Tweet at Invicta FC 21, but she also told both Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie, to "keep her belt warm."  Cutting what is considered an early candidate for 2017 Promo of the Year,  Anderson could easily help build the the UFC's 145-pound division. She's powerful, marketable, badass and not afraid of anyone in her way of undisputed gold. If they were smart, they would put her up against the winner of the main event at UFC 208. If they decide not to; they should at least sign her, let her debut and showcase her talents. If the UFC is looking for a replacement while the mixed martial arts world awaits Cyborg's future, they have it in Megan Anderson.

Cris Cyborg

Cyborg is undoubtably the best pound-for-pound fighter in women's mixed martial arts; however, with her recent failed drug tests, her future is currently in question. As a fan of the sport, not seeing Cyborg fight for the inaugural belt on February 11th, sucks. She's talented, relentless, and scary inside the octagon; but it's now hard to argue with Dana White on his decision. If Cyborg were to main event, the bout would have been scrapped. Regardless, she's a true pioneer of the sport. She did everything in her power to get her division noticed, even if it meant showcasing the extremes of weight cutting.  I'll tell you this, what does intrigue me about Cyborg's departure, is seeing this division build and evolve without her. It makes you think, so much can happen in a year's time. I'm sure the division will develop and evolve leading to big matches for Cyborg, when she returns. Let's just hope she doesn't turn down another title fight.

Cindy Dandois

Here is one picture the world seems to have forgotten about. Cindy Dandois, a mixed martial artists fighting at 145-pounds, is one of the most deserving featherweights in the game today. You would think that with a win over newly crowned interim champion, Megan Anderson, Dandois' name would be in the midst of those getting a spot on the UFC featherweight roster. That is however, not the case. We're here to say fu*k that; Dana White, get her a contract and feed her any super-bantamweight or featherweight you want. Maybe, you could even book Dandois in a rematch against Anderson. Let them showcase what true featherweights can do. Since the fight happened back in 2015, there's a lot of curiosity behind what could happen if Dandois and Anderson met again. There's drama behind the fight and both women are extremely talented fighters. Regardless on if they cross paths again or not, Dandois and Anderson would be great assets to the UFC's featherweight division. Ultimately, I think the UFC should give Dandois a chance to silence the critics and prove that she is deserving to be with the best in the world.

Julia Budd

With only two losses under her belt, Julia Budd is a no brainer when it comes to talent the UFC should sign. Her two losses come from UFC champions: Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey. Besides that, Budd has been on a rampage, taking out contenders in both Invicta and Bellator. She already has a win over Charmaine Tweet and current featherweight title contender, Germaine de Randamie. She hasn't lost since 2011 and is currently scheduled to face Marloes Coenen for Bellator's inaugural 145-pound strap in March. After capturing the belt, Budd may also want to make more money being in the UFC. I'm eager to see the outcome of Bellator 174 and what Budd decides to do after.

Charmaine Tweet

I don't care what anyone says, Tweet gave Anderson some problems in their fight at Invicta FC 21. For a second, I thought Tweet was going to pull off the KO in the first round, after some nice hits landed to the chin of Anderson. Since we're being honest, if that was Cyborg on the opposite end of Anderson, she would have gone to sleep. Regardless, Tweet not only showcased heart and talent, she also proved that she still has it in her to face any up-and-coming hype the UFC will generate with the introduction of the featherweights. In any division, depth is important and Tweet can bring that to the table. Dana, give her a shot. She has a mean spinning back fist.

Marloes Coenen

It's only right. She's done so much for women's mixed martial arts and she's still going strong. Coenen meets Budd on March 3rd at Bellator 174 for the inaugural featherweight championship. Only a month after the UFC crowns their own 145-pound champ. If Coenen comes out with the gold strap, she could easily pave herself a way to the UFC and eventually fight for the undisputed gold strap. It'll be interesting to see how many more fights Coenen has left in her. If she's willing to go a few more, I definitely think she should look at fighting in the UFC before retiring from mixed martial arts. Aside from the belt, it's the only thing that is missing to complete her legacy in the sport.

Alexis Dufresne

It's evident that Dufresne was unhappy during her time with the UFC.  So much that she made an effort to tell the world that she was not the fighter they saw during her 0-2 run in the bantamweight division. Like Cyborg, Dufresne voiced her concern for weight cutting and since going back to "normal" weight, has never looked better. Coming off the biggest win of her career, against Bellator's Marloes Coenen, Dufresne could surely claim a spot on the UFC's roster, this time as a featherweight. It will be interesting to see whatever next step Dufresne decides to take. She's already made a statement when she took out featherweight title contender. I'm thinking Dufresne could either challenge for the belt after Bellator 174 or make her UFC featherweight debut. Dana, stop sleeping on these women. 

Talita Nogueira

Talita Nogueira was set on the path to Bellator stardom as she was booked to take on Marloes Coenen at Bellator 163. It was later announced that Nogueira missed weight by 5.6 pound and the bout was scraped from the card. Although she most recently signed to Bellator, Talita could easily climb the ladder before eyeing the UFC. She's currently undefeated in mixed martial arts at 6-0. I say Bellator should book her against Dufresne or a top contender before giving her a shot at the belt. She's going to need a warm up fight, especially after the horrible weight cut. Regardless what comes next for Nogueira, the UFC should keep the undefeated prospect on their radar.

Randi Miller

Miller is a USA Olympic bronze medalist and one badass featherweight. Although Miller most recently made her mixed martial arts debut, this is another talent the UFC should keep on their radar. At 1-0, Miller has so much potential to destroy women in Invicta's 145-pound division. Olympic-caliber athletes always do well in the UFC; they are used to weight cutting and dedicating their lives to the sport. To name a few, Ronda Rousey, Henry Cejudo, and Sara McMann all made the transition from the Olympics to mixed martial arts. Miller has trained with Cat Zingano and I believe that with a few more fights under her belt, she could easily make the transition into the major leagues and help Dana build the featherweight division. 

Ronda Rousey

What a better way to rebuild  her career... Imagine seeing Rousey debut in the UFC's featherweight division? Although it's a long shot, it's hard not to think that Rousey could easily make a run for the 145-pound belt and tear through this green division. It's already evident that the division will lack substance, especially with Bellator also committing to the 145-pound division. So why not bring in the most marketable female fighter to ever grace the UFC? Although Rousey would most likely want to gun for a 125-pound belt before taking on bigger women at 145, it would be interesting to see how she would stack up against the division's best.  If she were to make the move, Rousey should take whatever time she needs off, train more on what she's best at, improve on her striking with legitimate boxing coaches, and ultimately change gyms. Rousey can only get back on track to being the best in the world after she leaves Edmond Tarverdyan and Glendale Fighting Club. We've seen this happen with many fighters, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, TJ Dillashaw, Robbie Lawler to name a few, and I think if Rousey decides to get back in the octagon, she will have to make this major change before doing so. Think about it, Ronda.

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