It’s official: At UFC 208, former UFC bantamweight kingpin Holly "The Preacher’s Daughter" Holm will be fighting Germaine "The Iron Lady" de Randamie for the inaugural UFC female featherweight title.
It’s going to be a historic night in Brooklyn, N.Y., as the UFC will finally have a female 145-pound champion. The hotly-anticipated title fight, which goes down at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, is set for Feb. 11, 2017.
Clearly, Cris "Cyborg" is likely to meet the winner of the Holm vs. De Randamie scrap, in what could be one of the UFC’s biggest fights of 2017. The thing is, the time is now for the UFC to start signing fighters to fill out the rest of the division, and figure out who could be the next top contender after "Cyborg" gets her title opportunity.
Where should the UFC turn to fill out the division? With 145-pound legends Marloes Coenen and Julia "The Jewel" Budd already signed to Bellator, clearly the UFC needs to look to Invicta FC for new signings. The UFC has a great relationship with Invicta FC head honcho Shannon Knapp, so scooping fighters up from there shouldn’t be an issue.
Invicta FC has some great talent — both young and old — at 145 pounds. The upcoming match between Charmaine Tweet and Megan Anderson, slated for Invicta FC 21, could determine who’s deserving of a call-up to the UFC. An explosive finish by either lady could be enough to convince the UFC’s matchmaking team that they’re ready to compete inside the world-famous Octagon.
Additionally, Invicta FC has some bright young prospects at 145 pounds, including Amber Leibrock, Felicia Martin and Amy Coleman. Marina Shafir is also a name to watch, if and when she returns to the cage following her recent pregnancy.
Who else might be in the mix for a UFC call-up? Invicta FC bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger is more than worthy of a fight on the grandest stage, if that’s an opportunity she’s after. Lastly, Cindy Dandois has been campaigning hard for a UFC fight. Being that she holds a win over Anderson and other legit competition at featherweight, the Belgian beauty is more than worthy of a scrap inside the Octagon.
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