A fight for the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title is less than a month away. UFC 208 from Brooklyn, New York, will see a new champion crowned in a new weight class. Holly Holm and Germaine de Radamie are set to duke it out for the UFC’s 145lbs supremacy.
While there is still plenty of time to go before a champion emerges, we’re already seeing other fighters throw their hats in the ring in the hopes of a title fight with the eventual winner.
First was UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes is looking to pull a Conor McGregor and become a two-weight world champion. And the first woman to do so at that.
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 15, 2017
This could actually be a very difficult sell for Nunes. Juliana Pena and Valentina Shevchenko are set to go at it in a #1 contender fight. It would be hard to put either of them on the shelf to allow for Nunes to go after a second title.
Additionally, the possibility of the title being won by someone not even in the division, probably would not go over well in the front office.
While it’s not impossible, it just doesn’t seem like the likely route to go for the eventual champion’s first title defense.
New Invicta FC interim featherweight champion Megan Anderson also made her UFC championship goals known last night at Invicta FC 21. Anderson stopped Charmaine Tweet in the 2nd round to claim the title. During her post fight interview, Megan had a message for Dana White:
It would be tough for Invicta if Megan makes the jump as they are currently without featherweight champion Cris Cyborg as she awaits her fate after having been flagged by USADA for a potential doping violation.
Megan Anderson is definitely ready for the UFC and it would be great to see her there soon. But it’s no secret that women in mixed martial arts are eyeing that UFC women’s featherweight title as a belt that is very much up for grabs.