Earlier today the UFC announced tryouts for the Ultimate Fighter Season 26. The invite allows for two divisions of female mixed martial artists to tryout, strawweight (115) and bantamweight (135).
While the continuous growth of womens’ MMA makes Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson happy, the newly crowned champ questions whether or not the UFC is dedicated to their newly formed women’s featherweight (145-pound) division.
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) April 6, 2017
Anderson tells MyMMANews :
“I know they’re not doing anything with the division right now. But the fact that they have a champ and aren’t signing anyone shows me they’re not invested. Everything is based on Cris and its the Cris Cyborg show right now cause she is the face of the division, but why not build a division while stuff is getting sorted with her? That’s because they’re not invested.”
Thus far the UFC has only done one women’s featherweight fight, a title fight at UFC 208 between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. De Randamie won the fight but had been sidelined by injury since the fight. No other women’s featherweight fights or fighters have been announced since the fight in February.
Last month Invicta FC featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino relinquished her title, making Anderson the official Invicta FC 145-pound title holder. Anderson won the interim title at Invicta FC 21 in January.