A prospective look at the UFC 145lbs women’s division

A prospective look at the UFC 145lbs women’s division

On February 11th, 2017 at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York, Holly Holm will take on Germaine de Radamie for the inaugural women’s featherweight title. While we’ve become quite familiar with both fighters since last night’s announcement, and given that Cris “Cyborg” Justino is arguably one of the most popular fighters on the planet, not much is known about who might fill out the rest of the division.

Here now is a look at some possibilities for the newly minted division. Keep in mind some may need to make the jump from Invicta FC:

Leslie Smith (8-7)

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Leslie Smith is never one to turn down a fight. And while she has competed at both bantamweight and flyweight, she has the size to carry the additional pounds to fight in the featherweight division. Having already faced Cyborg at UFC 198 at a catchweight of 140lbs, fighting at 145lbs should feel like a natural fit.

 

 

Charmaine Tweet (9-5)

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Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet might be Canada’s best export when it comes to women’s MMA. Bringing with her experience in the cage that includes fights with both Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg, Tweet, who currently competes in Invicta FC, seems like a perfect¬†fit for the division. If she manages to secure a win over Megan Anderson at Invicta FC 21 in January, she may just get the call.

 

 

Cindy Dandois (8-2)

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Cindy “Battlecat” Dandois is the #2 ranked female featherweight in the world behind Cyborg according toWomen’s Pro MMA Rankings. She holds a victory of Jorina Baars, the only woman to defeat Cyborg, and makes a habit out of finishing her opponents, including a 13 second win in her last fight. That’s the kind of showtime appeal that would go over well with fans.

 

 

 

Megan Anderson (7-2)

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Megan Anderson is an Invicta FC fighter that has 6 stoppages in her 7 victories. She’s currently enjoying a 3-fight winning streak with 2 first round TKOs. That kind of momentum could set her up for a UFC debut soon.

 

 

 

 

Latoya Walker (5-1)

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Latoya “Black Mamba” Walker recently announced that was going to step away from MMA due to the low pay, but that was before the UFC announced creating the division in which she has found so much success. A power puncher and fan favorite, she could match up nicely against the likes of Cyborg and Holm.

 

 

Cat Zingano (9-2)

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“Alpha” Cat Zingano is best known for her work in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. But when you consider the fact that she’s already made a name for herself and walks around a bit heavier than most bantamweights, a smaller cut could be in her favor in regaining the dominance she endured during the early part of her career.