Women’s MMA: Why it’s Great
I’m not ashamed to admit that my favourite fight this weekend is Amanda Nunes Vs. Holly Holm for the UFC Bantamweight Championship and it’s such a great fight too. Personally, I think Amanda Nunes is one of the best boxers in UFC and the power she possesses is one of a kind in that division and she takes on 12-4 fighter, Holly Holm. This is going to be a great fight and it just shows how fantastic women’s MMA is.
How it started
“There is not enough depth to create a women’s division” said UFC president Dana White but due to Ronda Rousey, women were soon competing in the UFC. So, what was it about Rousey? In 2008, at the Beijing Olympics - Rousey won a bronze medal in the judo side of things. In 2010, she made her MMA debut and won it in an astonishing 23 seconds. Crazy. Her 5th fight was the first fight to go past the one minute mark. After bearing Meisha Tate - another pioneer of the women’s division in MMA, she flew onto the radar of the UFC. She made another defence of the strike force women’s bantamweight totle before making the jump to the UFC where she was given the UFC women’s bantamweight title. After 6 defences, Rousey met her match against Holly Holm who was ranked 7th in the division. Holm dominated the fight and won in the second round. Rousey was out for a while before fighting again at UFC 207 against bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes. Nunes ended Rousey’s MMA career in 48 seconds while 1.1 million people watched on PPV.
The Fall of Ronda Rousey
In front of 56,214, Holly Holm shook the world by knocking out Ronda Rousey in one of the greatest upsets in MMA history. Many couldn’t believe it including Rousey who took almost a whole year off before returning at UFC 207 to fight bantamweight chanpion, Amanda Nunes. Nunes made even quicker work of a Rousey than Holm by finishing the “baddest woman on the planet” in just less than a minute. This would be the last time that Ronda Rousey stepped foot in the octagon.
Why it’s Great
The big fights in the UFC are brilliant and when they’re promoted right, they’re massive. Women fights in MMA excite me especially if they’re a big fight like this weekend’s upcoming Nunes Vs. Holm fight but there’s already been big women fights like Nunes/Cyborg, Joanna/Rose and the list goes on. When there’s a big women’s fight, it’s definitely going to be on PPV!
Women’s MMA is in a fantastic place right now and it’s starting to get real attention, the first real attention they’re getting since the Rousey era. With four weight classes in the UFC and a whole female promotion, women’s MMA is in a great place right now and I’m all for it. I just wished they sorted out their featherweight division.