Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate has called for the promotional company to create more weight divisions for the women fighters. The UFC, at present, has only two women's divisions, the strawweight (115 pounds) and the bantamweight divisions (135 pounds).
Other organisations such as Invicta and ONEFC have more women's divisions. A number of fighters, including Cris 'Cyborg' Justino have called for creation of the featherweight (145 pounds) and flyweight (125 pounds).
While Tate believes that there will be a change in the UFC relating to women's divisions, she says that such changes will not happen anytime soon.
"Eventually for sure. I think 125 makes sense before 145 because it's already a fuller division. I think that will come with time, but I think right now that it would thin-out a lot of the 135-pound division and it would thin-out the 115 pound division. I think they are trying to really stack 115 and stack 135 and not take from either one to create a 125", as quoted by MMAWeekly.
"There's women coming out of the woodwork every single day. In time, we will see more divisions in the UFC. I'm sure of it."
Current strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has come out in support of more weight divisions for women fighters as she sets sights on becoming a two-weight champion. At the moment flyweight division does not exist in UFC.
UFC president Dana White recently admitted that they aren't enough women competing at a high level at the featherweight division (145 pounds) to justify the creation of a higher weight division for women Mixed Martial Arts fighters.