Dana White Reports UFC Has “no Plans in The Near Future” For More Women’s Divisions
By FCF Staff
Although UFC Fight Night 95 will feature featherweight star Cris “Cyborg” Justino in the main event, Dana White is reporting that the promotion has no short term plans to add more female weight divisions.
Justino will take on Lina Lansberg this Saturday in the card’s headliner, which will be contested at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Following the UFC’s decision to promote “Cyborg” competing at 140, there has been speculation as to whether the company might introduce a women’s featherweight division. Several female fighters have also campaigned for the introduction of a flyweight division as well.
Recently White spoke to the Brazilian outlet Globo, in advance of UFC FN 95, which will take place in Brasilia. The UFC President reported the following, when asked whether the promotion might add new female divisions (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Obviously it’s been very popular and the women have done very well, but as far as the expansion I think it’s inevitable as the sport continues to grow,” White said. “But no plans in the near future, no.”
“As far as a heavier division, no I don’t see that happening,” White added, while referring to the 145 division specifically. “I don’t see that happening any time soon, but the 115-pound division continues to get bigger.”
For months, the UFC said that Cyborg would need to make 135, in order to fight for the promotion. At the time, Ronda Rousey was the bantamweight champion, and talk of a super fight with Justino was rampant. In May, however, “Cyborg” made her UFC debut against Leslie Smith in a 140 pound catchweight fight. Justino quickly put Smith away with strikes.