UFC Not Looking to Expand Women’s Division Any Further Any Time Soon

September 2, 2014

Carla Esparza and Claudia GadelhaTheir competition might be looking to explore other women’s divisions, but the UFC is sticking to what they currently have and no more for the foreseeable future.

Company president Dana White explained during a recent media scrum that the UFC will not seek to add any more divisions to their women’s ranks, and the two current weight classes will be the only ones in the Octagon.

“No, because we have two divisions,” White said in Sacramento, when asked if he plans on adding a women’s 125-pound division. “That 125 right in the middle will screw a lot of things up. We’re going stay here for a long time. We’re going to be at 115 and 135 for a long time.”

Following the success of Ronda Rousey and her reign over the women’s bantamweight ranks, the UFC decided in late 2013 to add another division, opening up the women’s strawweight class. The first 115-pound women’s UFC fight took place last July at UFC Fight Night Atlantic City, when Claudia Gadelha defeated Tina Lahdemaki on the undercard of the event.

The bulk of the women’s strawweights will be featured on the upcoming 20th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Bellator, the UFC’s main competitor, recently announced the addition of the women’s 145-pound division to their promotion. A fight between Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd will be Bellator’s first women’s fight since the organization abandoned WMMA in 2013. A date and venue for the fight were not revealed.

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