The UFC on FOX 8 card this past weekend was the first ever UFC card to feature two bouts in the women’s Bantamweight division, as Liz Carmouche took on Jessica Andrade and Germaine de Randamie faced off against Julie Kedzie. With women’s bouts set on most of the major cards the UFC has coming up, it is safe to say that the women’s bantamweight division is already deeper than the men’s Flyweight division.
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Champion Ronda Rousey is set for a huge second half of 2013, as she will be on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality series and in everyone’s homes on a weekly basis heading into her end of the year grudge match with Meisha Tate. She is a massive favorite to beat Tate again, but with that fight scheduled for December 28th, we won’t see Rousey again after that until the Spring of 2014.
Of course, Cristiane “Cyborg’ Justino is sitting in Invicta with one fight left on her contract and a limited pool of potential opponents. And though she has the most potential to beat Rousey right now, the usual nonsense and politics will likely prevent this match from happening.
Which is a good sign for the growing stable of UFC Bantamweight women, who have been putting on great matches. Many of them are heading into their second fights with the UFC, so a clearer picture of what is to come in 2014 can be put together.
Liz Carmouche got back on the winning track this past weekend, taking out Jessica Andrade. Sara McMann is already 1-0 in the UFC and has a tough match scheduled for August 28th against Sara Kaufman.
Carmouche should face the winner of Kaufman vs McMann, possibly on the undercard of Rousey-Tate. This would line up the winner of that bout’s schedule with Rousey, setting up a spring meeting.
One person who could alter these plans is Cat Zingano, who has a win over Tate in the UFC and had her reality show appearance scratched due to injury. Zingano would have to figure near the top of the division, but forcing her to fight another match before a title fight is likely the way to go.
This weekend’s UFC 163 card from Brazil also features a women’s bout between Sheila Gaff and Amanda Nunes. Both are making there UFC debuts. Though the UFC has done a good job bringing in talent and expanding the division, none of the other August shows have a women’s match scheduled. What is the UFC waiting for?