Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cage Warriors Shows Women's 125 lb. Division Mad Love with New Super Flyweight Title

When I read the headline at, "Cage Warriors announces plans to create women’s super flyweight title," I immediately found myself having to quell the immediate urge to damage every car on my block like an excited hockey fan after the Stanley Cup finals. It's really about time the Women's 125 lb. division gains the attention it deserves.

When you look at the top of the Women's MMA food chain, Bellator and Strikeforce have firmly established themselves as the top brand promotions for Women's mixed martial arts. Bellator presented the first Women's 115 lb. division tournament last year (which by the way, Bellator has neglected their Women's division as they've only had one Women's bout so far this season). Strikeforce exclusively produces action in the upperweight 135 and 145 lb. Women's divisions. So, what about those 125lbers?

In an interview last year, I pondered this topic with #1 ranked Women's 125lber Tara LaRosa. At the time, LaRosa shared that Strikeforce had shown interest in opening competition in the female 125 lb. division. That's been since November 2010, and no word has come from Strikeforce on the subject, and it's probably safe to assume that this might not happen anytime in the near future under Zuffa's watch. While Strikeforce has maintained that they will keep female competition, it is highly unlikely that any new divisions will be added, especially when it's hard enough to find competition for their current weight classes. So, once again, the question remains -- what about the Women's 125 lb. division???

Thanks to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, the 125 lb. division will finally get some love. The long-standing European promotion which has already featured some hot Women's SFW bouts under their banner will add a Women's Super Flyweight Title to its agenda. High-flying names like Tara La Rosa, Jessica Eye, and Cat Zingano, as well as CWFC vets Roxanne Modafferi, Aisling Daly, and Rosi Sexton on the CWFC 125 lb. contention ladder should make put the Women's super flyweight division where it needs to be, and it's about time!


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