UFC creates Women’s Featherweight class
HOLLY HOLM AND GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE TO FACE OFF AT UFC 208 MAIN EVENT
On Tuesday night, UFC officials confirmed that the third women’s weight class, featherweight, has been created. It will be 145 pounds. The UFC scheduled the first title fight on February 11 at UFC 208. The title fight is scheduled to have Holly Holm face off against Germaine de Randamie.
Both women have previously competed at bantamweight. Holly Holm famously became the UFC bantamweight champion after she knocked out Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. That was Rousey’s first loss and she has yet to fight since, though is scheduled for the UFC 207 Main Event. Germaine de Randamie is 3-1 at bantamweight and has recorded two straight wins, but is still largely unknown among casual fans.
The UFC was pressured into creating a 145 pound weight class after multiple complaints, most notably Cris Cyborg, that the weight cut to 135 pounds is too much.
Cyborg will not fight for the inaugural championship due to the short amount of time to make it down to 145 pounds. “She has turned down two 145-pound title fights.” Dana White says on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast.
Fans can wonder how the relationship between Cyborg and the UFC will develop in the coming weeks.
Many people speculated that Max Holloway would face-off with Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship at UFC 208 after Holloway knocked out Anthony Pettis and secured the interim championship belt at UFC 206.
Holloway has expressed his concerns for his fight versus Aldo, citing his history of pulling out of fights. Holloway would have only around two months to prepare for his fight versus Aldo.
Following Conor Mcgregor’s featherweight title being vacated, Jose Aldo seems to have been given a new life after talks of retirement.
Now that Holm vs. de Randamie was scheduled for 208, it is fair to wonder if they will add Aldo vs. Holloway to that card or for UFC 209.