Like Roy Nelson, who holds the record for most punches to the face eaten without being KO’d, Sheila Gaff now has an interesting factoid attached to her name: she’s the first woman to be cut by the UFC. She can take her place next to other dubious WMMA honorees like Carina Damm (first woman busted for steroids), Carina Damm (first woman busted for not providing urine for steroid test), and whomever’s titty is the first to flop out during a UFC fight (tick tock).
In other WMMA fighters being cut news, Bellator has gone ahead and released Felice Herrig, Jessica Aguilar and Jessica Eye. That’s all the remaining Bellator women, effectively shuttering the flyweight division. Here’s Bjorn Rebney on the thought process behind that:
I’ve said many times that fighters need to fight and fight often. Given our current focus, we are not in position to provide these very deserving women regular and reoccurring fights on a large platform. And, I felt it was best to let them go and secure options that did. I genuinely wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and will be rooting for each of them wherever they fight.
Less promotions pushing WMMA seems bad on it’s face, but it’s not like Bellator was doing all that much to begin with other than tying up talent like Jessica Eye. Bloody Elbow notes that out of 380 fights over the past 36 events, only 10 featured women. And with even the championship fights ending up on the undercard … well, let’s just say it was clear the promotion wasn’t all that dedicated to making WMMA happen. Which is too bad, because the early scouting and initial 115 pound tournament was pretty badass.