UFC president Dana White provided an update on the women’s featherweight division, saying the promotion is “still goofing around” with it.
The UFC women’s featherweight division is the shallowest weight class in the promotion at the moment. Aside from UFC women’s featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, the only other fighters in the division are former title challenger Felicia Spencer, Dana White’s Contender Series alum Danyelle Wolf, and Brazilian Norma Dumont. It’s not much of a division, and after seeing Nunes smoke Megan Anderson at UFC 259 back in March, there have been plenty of calls to shut the division down. However, White still isn’t sure what the future holds for 145lbs.
Speaking to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, White provided an update on the UFC women’s featherweight division, admitting that he’s still waiting to see what Nunes wants to do.
“Yeah, I don’t know, we’re still goofing around with that division. Trying to see what the GOAT wants to do, Amanda Nunes. That’s what we’re doing,” White said.
Some have suggested that the UFC close down women’s 145lbs and replace it with the women’s 105lbs division, which is the atomweight division, as there are far more fighters available to fight in that weight class. At 145lbs, there really isn’t a lot of unsigned talent out there, besides perhaps PFL star Kayla Harrison, who normally fights at women’s 155lbs. At this point in time, it appears White and the UFC are taking the wait-and-see approach to 145.
If the promotion keeps women’s featherweight open, then the hope would be that the UFC matchmakers can find some more talent for that division elsewhere. As of right now, it’s basically another division that Nunes completely owns, and it doesn’t appear there are any contenders on the rise, which automatically makes it a possibility to fold the weight class.
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