Reasons Why We Don't Need a UFC Women's Featherweight Title Fight… Yet

Then, in a packed stadium in Melbourne in November 2015, along came Holly Holm to change the pop idol narrative.

The 33-year-old middleweight added, "When I'm inside that octagon, it's time to go, it's competition".

The 145-pound weight class now lacks depth, but more women may follow Holm and de Randamie from bantamweight.

"It's the biggest high of your life when you have a victory, so you're always chasing that", Holm, 35, said this week. "They just have to make some phone calls". There's a lot of girls out there that are very tough.

UFC held a much more G-rated return to NY than its blockbuster, outlandish debut in November when Conor McGregor styled and strutted his way through the city and led the company to perhaps its most colossal event.

The UFC's first pay-per-view of 2017 is the rare event where neither of the two fighters the promotion is using the most to sell the card is expected to prevail. After bemoaning the arduous weight cut, the Brazilian reiterated her desire to see a featherweight division introduced by the UFC. It was a fight Poirier clearly believes he should have won, but instead got caught by a knockout blow in the first round that saw a four-fight winning streak come crashing to a halt. The fact is that the UFC aimed to include Justino in this fight, but the Brazilian mauler declined three matchups prior to failing an out-of-competition doping test. Cyborg and her handlers denied the failed test, the second of her career, was linked to steroids or performance-enhancing drugs, saying instead it was related to a medically prescribed treatment to recover from the hard weight cuts she attempted while flirting with the bantamweight division and a potential blockbuster fight with Rousey. "In my opinion, I proved for a long time how much I give my heart in my time with the UFC".

"I just fight whoever and what are they good at, what am I good at, and I try to focus on that whether than who I'm fighting", he said. So, I want this for me for my career.

"She wants both of them", said Mike Winkeljohn, one of Holm's coaches. "I'm fighting a guy who is not as fast as he used to be, but this guy has all the skills in the world and is considered the best fighter of all time".

Some fight fans may not remember, but de Randamie actually fought current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes not too long ago.

She gained a slice of notoriety when she knocked out Belgian actor Tom Waes in a short bout filmed for a reality show.

If Brunson fights the way he did last time out in his TKO loss against Robert Whittaker then he should be easy meat for Silva, who would have a field day countering him as he recklessly charged forward with his chin out and his hands low, swinging wild haymakers.

Anderson Silva and Holly Holm are by far the two biggest names at UFC 208, which begins at 4 p.m. tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I just want to win right now.

"Of course I talked to my family - I talk to my sons and my wife - because, you know, it's family", he said of his decision to continue on despite entering Saturday's contest with Brunson as the underdog and his last victory coming against Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153.

"The date of that fight is my birthday as well...it's a nice coincidence that the women's featherweight belt is going to be created on my birthday". I can't imagine there are many professional fighters, even at the top of the sport, that haven't watched Anderson at work and been in awe.

  • Julie Sanders