UFC Women’s Division

Justin Bifolco, Editor

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, also known as the UFC, has been around for 25 years. For most of that time, the UFC had only male fighters. Finally in 2012, the UFC signed its first female fighter, Ronda Rousey. Now the UFC’s women fighters are better than they have ever been and they continue to grow in their sport.

Ronda Rousey was a dominant figure in the UFC when she was first signed. In fact, in May 2015 she was ranked the most dominant active athlete in two magazines. She began her UFC career with a stellar 6-0 record. Eventually she ended up losing her first fight in the UFC to Holly Holm. Due to suspensions, Rousey did not fight for about a year. After that year, Rousey returned to fight the champion, Amanda Nunes. Nunes’ boxing was unmatched by Rousey, and this was clearly shown by a 48 second TKO in just the first round. Now in 2018, Ronda Rousey has recently signed a lucrative contract with the WWE.

Although it is very likely that Ronda Rousey will not fight in the octagon again, the path that she has created helped many other female fighters get to the UFC. The women’s division of the UFC would not be what it is today without her. Now, with big names like Amanda Nunes, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Rose Namajunas, and Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the female division is growing and becoming much better than it has ever been before. With new fighters implementing many different styles of fighting into their games, it is harder for opponents to figure them out. .

Female fighters have definitely proved themselves to be great. Who knows what the future holds? Much like Ronda Rousey before them, these athletes are paving the way to the future of the sport.