UFC Women’s 135-Pound Roster at 10, Five More on the Way

February 23, 2013
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Miesha Tate vs Cat Zingano

Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano

The UFC is holding its first fight between two women this weekend, as Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche headline UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. They’ll square off for Rousey’s 135-pound divisional belt.

But the UFC hasn’t stopped there. They already have 10 other women under contract, including a TUF 17 Finale match-up between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano, and two other announced signees: Sara McMann and Alexis Davis.

That leaves four women under contract that the promotion has yet to name.

UFC president Dana White on Friday said that they aren’t stopping at 10 either.

“The 135-pound division is stacked with talent,” he commented. “We already signed 10 girls; we’re signing five more.”

He, of course, didn’t reveal who those “five more” are either, but considering that Invicta FC has a strong working relationship with the UFC, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more fighters from that promotion making the jump to the Octagon.

White still held off on talks of adding any other women’s weight classes, preferring to stay focused on the 135-pounders for right now.

“We put this fight together, this fight is looking really good,” said White.

“Over the next year, what we’re gonna be doing is building this 135-pound division. I’m gonna have 15 new fighters in here that we need to introduce to the world.”

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  • To compensate more fighters will be cut

    • Use Logic

      Trimming down overstacked divisions to make room for an understacked one is simple math.

    • MMA

      I’m not against women’s MMA but not a big fan either but honestly any day of the week I’d rather watch men fight. If it means that good fighters are going to be cut to make room for these women, then I’m definitely against it. As well, this is only the beginning, get ready for when Dana brings in the straweight division and has to reduce other divisions, that will be a true travesty.

      • Lucas Freire

        True. I think some divisions shouldn’t be considered in MMA. In k1/muay thai/boxing events it’s better,they’re in front of each other,trading blows with nowhere to run.

      • Retnan

        There are plenty of bums that can be cut.

        You could also increase the number of cards in the future.

  • jeremias

    bring felice herrig to the ufc!!!!1

  • sepenoob

    Sarah Kaufman announced today that she has a contract with UFC but is loaned to the next Invicta show.

  • They need to get their hands on Holly Holm as well. Holm is an 18 time world champion in three weight classes and considered one of the best women boxers of all time, She’s 2-0 in MMA and trains with Jackson.

    • Ian Price

      Sounds great, lets bring her over!

  • John Bunch

    White said “girls”…needs to work on his intergender communication skills. Maybe he refers to the male fighters as boys…just don’t remember it. That’s my nitpicky pc observation for the week.

    • Retnan

      So what?

    • Blueno789

      He uses the term “Guys” often too so I don’t see a problem with “Girls”

  • OverratedHippie

    Michelle Waterson maybe?