State of the Women’s Bantamweight division

Dave Meltzer takes a look at the development of the UFC’s women’s division:

Right now there are ten women fighters under UFC contract, the obvious ones being Rousey, Miesha Tate, Sarah Kaufman, Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche. They are said to be close to a deal with Cris Cyborg to come in at 135 (all the women under contract will be only fighting at 135). Tito Ortiz is her manager and that could make things entertaining. Cyborg, if she signs, would likely go for the title in her first match. While this doesn’t always happen, the idea is that they try and give everyone under contract three fights, which means over the course of the year, about 15 women’s fights or maybe one every other show. It’s not just going to be Rousey defends and nothing else. It’s a full division, probably along the lines of the flyweights.

Let’s hope there’s some fresh blood and not just the same old same old from Strikeforce. There’s nothing magical about Sarah Kaufman or Liz Carmouche, they’re just some of the lucky few who’ve gotten a chance to show off their abilities. There are dozens more just like them and better waiting in the wings for their shot at the spotlight … let’s hope the UFC is going to get to them.

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