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UFC 232 – An all women’s PPV card!?!?

If there was a good time to make an entire Pay-Per-View card consisting of only women’s fights it’s now. There are intriguing fights in every UFC women’s division. One of the champions needs a fight, one of the belts are vacant and two of the division’s champions are fighting each other. So what better time than now? Well, UFC 232 on December 29.

The UFC’s final event of 2018 is UFC 232 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining that card is a super fight between two champions. Women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino and women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will meet in the Octagon. The two Brazilians will fight not only to be the pride of Brazil but also for the featherweight title. This is a massive fight not only for the UFC but MMA in general. And even more so for women’s MMA.

Why not build a card around the women? It hasn’t been done in the UFC or any other major MMA promotion. Other than Invicta FC of course. Be first before someone else does it. Bellator is building its women’s divisions nicely – they might jump at the opportunity somewhere down the line. 2019 is most likely too early for Bellator. 2018 isn’t too early for the UFC.

Other than a handful of PPV’s a year the ratings are lacking. If the events don’t have fighters named Conor McGregor, Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey or Georges St-Pierre, not many people are buying. At this point what will it hurt to build a card around the biggest fight in women’s MMA?

The Fights To Make For An All Women’s PPV At UFC 232

Women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas has had just one fight this year. That fight was a rematch with former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. It’s time to move on and give the top contenders in the division an opportunity to fight for the title. Jessica Andrade is waiting for her second chance at the title. This time against Namajunas, not Jedrzejczyk. If anyone is deserving of a title shot in the UFC it’s Andrade. Since losing to Jedrzejczyk at UFC 211 in 2017, Andrade has won three fights against incredibly tough and ranked opponents. She is sitting at No. 2 in the official UFC rankings at strawweight. Namajunas versus Andrade should be booked sooner rather than later. What better card to be on than UFC 232?

The top of UFC’s women’s flyweight division is a mess at the moment. The former (and first) champion Nicco Montano fell ill due to weight cuts on weigh-in day ahead of her fight against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228. The UFC stripped Montano of her belt and chose not to find a fill-in to fight Shevchenko. Now the flyweight title is vacant and there is a former champion and a number 1 contender without a fight. The animosity between Montano and Shevchenko is real. The feeling we get that they don’t like each other is most likely true. Book that fight once more and see what comes of it. The build-up might sell itself. If one goes down again just have a stand-in ready to go. Which needs to happen anyway, especially with title fights.

A number one contender fight in the bantamweight division would fit perfectly on a card full of women’s fights. Former champion Holly Holm is ranked at the top but is out until 2019. The undefeated Ketlen Vieira is ranked second. With Holm out and Vieira in need of a fight, there are options. The one option that makes complete sense is to put Vieira in the cage against the No. 3 ranked Julianna Pena.  Sure, Pena has been inactive because she recently became a mother. We can’t expect her to fight while pregnant can we? Whether Nunes wins or loses in her fight against Cyborg, she will still be the bantamweight champion. The winner of Vieira-Pena will be next to fight Nunes for the bantamweight title sometime in 2019.

The last fight on this all women’s fight Pay-Per-View is another strawweight scrap. One is the former champion and self-proclaimed “queen” and the other is an up-and-coming beast in the division. Jedrzejczyk versus Tatiana Suarez. The former champion Jedrzejczyk might have lost twice to the now-champion in Namajunas but she is far from done. She still has her eyes on the strap she once held for so long. Meanwhile, Suarez just beat a former champion (Carla Esparza) at UFC 228 and is on a rise in the strawweight rankings. To many, Suarez will be the champion. Soon. A matchup between Jedrzejczyk and Suarez makes sense for the fighters and for the division. The winner will then fight either Namajunas or Andrade at some point in 2019.

UFC 232 (Possibly)

  • Main Event – Featherweight Championship – (C)Cris Cyborg versus (BW C)Amanda Nunes
  • Co-Main Event – Strawweight Championship – (C)Rose Namajunas versus #2 Jessica Andrade
  • Vacant Flyweight Championship – Former champion Nicco Montano versus #1 Valentina Shevchenko
  • Bantamweight #1 Contender fight – #2 Ketlen Vieira vs #3 Julianna Pena
  • Strawweight #1 Contender fight – #1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk versus #9 Tatiana Suarez

There are plenty of options to put on an all women’s UFC Pay-Per-View card. These are just a few fights that would make sense given the names, rankings, and titles on the line. A No. 1 contender fight in the featherweight division would be great too but honestly, there’s only Megan Anderson at the moment. Who does she fight? “King” Reina Miura?

 

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