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UFC rumors: women’s division grows

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After the historic bout between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division has grown by four.

According to a report by Fightline.com, the UFC has signed former Strikeforce fighters Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes, Julie “Fireball” Kedzie, Sarah Kaufman and “The Iron Lady” Germaine de Randamie. Although Kedzie has announced her signing on her Twitter, there has yet to be an official announcement by the UFC in regards to signing these fighters.

Whether or not these fighters have been signed by the UFC, there is no doubt any one of these competitors would make great additions to the octagon.

Kaufman, who was the first Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion, brings experience, knockout power and a tough chin. Prior to her title match against Rousey, Kaufman’s fight with Alexis Davis in 2012 could have been a candidate for “Fight of the Year.” THe former Strikeforce champion is set to clash with Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith at Invicta FC 5, April 5.

Like Kaufman, Kedzie also brings experience. In addition to trading blows with some of the best fighters in the women’s 135-pound division, Kedzie trains with a great camp at Jackson’s MMA. It is no surprise she was signed by the UFC. Despite losing her last fight to Miesha Tate by third-round submission, Kedzie’s performance was enough to impress UFC President Dana White.

Nunes, who is set to face HOOKnSHOOT champion Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 5, is one of the top prospects in women’s MMA. She brings a killer instinct and power. The Lioness of the Ring may end up becoming the “Queen of the octagon.”

As for de Randamie, fans may be confused as to why the UFC would sign her. Although she may not have as much experience as other women’s bantamweights, The Iron Lady comes from an extensive Muay Thai background and would be able to strike with the best the UFC has to offer.

With the Rousey vs. Carmouche fight a success and one more women’s bout lined up, the UFC women’s division is shaping up to be one of the more exciting weight classes. By the end of 2013, it could be the “must-watch” weight class of the UFC.

 

Who would you like to see announced for the UFC’s next women’s bout? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.

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