Debate

Should the UFC start a women’s flyweight (125 lbs.) division?

A hot debate nowadays in the MMA community is whether or not the UFC should create a new flyweight (125 lbs.) division. Some women such as Bec Rawlings compete at the smaller strawweight division (115 lbs.) division but fail to make weight at times because of their natural weight being much larger. Opening a flyweight division would have its consequences, however, such as thinning out the already thin divisions of the females in the UFC. Fighters from both the strawweight and bantamweight (135 lbs.) divisions would transition to the newly formed division in hopes of better oppurtunity but would leave their division with less competition. Right now Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Amanda Nunes dominate their divisions and are in need of competition. Yet if you look back not too long ago when the UFC created the male’s flyweight division, lots of the bantamweights migrated and became stars in the lighter weight class. A prime example would be the pound for pound number one ranked fighter and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. A flyweight division makes a lot of sense right now and the UFC will have to make it some time down the road. This will keep the fighters from having to face someone that is naturally bigger or having to make a weight that pushes their body too far. The UFC has already shown that its willing to create new division for  small minority when they created the women’s featherweight division solely for Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. It’s time for them to bridge the gap between the women’s strawweight and bantamweight division for the long-term wellness of the female fighters.

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