Cyborg (19-1, 1 NC), the reigning UFC featherweight world champion, fears that the organization might get rid of her weight-class once she retires. She wants to see the UFC be more “committed to the sport” by establishing an actual rankings list for women at 145-pounds. The UFC currently has top-fifteen world rankings at strawweight, flyweight and bantamweight, but nothing for featherweights.
WMMA Rankings takes a look at eight women from Invicta FC who the UFC could sign up, if they decide to create an actual 145-pound division, instead of just having a sole title belt with 135-pound women moving up to challenge for it.
Ediane “India” Gomes (11-4-0)
Gomes is a veteran of the sport who has been fighting since 2007. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she now fights out of Coconut Creek, Florida, and trains at the American Top Team along with some of the UFC’s biggest superstars including UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, and former UFC strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The 37-year-old has not lost to anyone who actively competes at featherweight and owns notable victories over Pam Sorenson and Leslie Smith.
Daria Ibragimova (9-2-0)
Ibragimova is a 33-year-old from Sevastopol, Russia. She is a BJJ specialist who has finished seven of her nine career wins by way of submissions, six of which came in the very first round. She made her Invicta FC debut in January 2016, losing by way of a first-round KO to Cris Cyborg. Despite the loss, Ibragimova is still one of the toughest featherweights in the world and her record speaks for itself. The Russian has been working on her game over the last two years, and feels ready to show the world her new and improved abilities when she receives the opportunity to fight again.
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Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet (9-6-0)
Tweet is a 40-year-old Canadian who fights out of the Qu’Appelle MMA in Saskatchewan. As well as competing in MMA, Tweet also has experience in muay thai. She’s fought some of the best fighters in the world, including Ronda Rousey and Julia Budd. Tweet has finished eight of her nine career victories, three knockouts and five submissions. In May 2016, she displayed her one punch KO power by knocking out Latoya Walker in the very first round following a spinning backfist.
Pam “Bam” Sorenson (7-2-0)
31-year-old Sorenson is by far one of the most exciting rising prospects in the 145-pound division. She owns notable wins over Nicco Montano, Moriel Charneski and Jessica-Rose Clark. However, one of her most impressive wins came last July when she submitted the previously undefeated Helena Kolesnyk in just 3 minutes and 12 seconds of the very first-round.
Sorenson is gritty and tough, she has a no quit attitude and is always looking for the finish, making her fights amongst the most anticipated on the cards. Her few career losses come by way of controversial split decisions, with the bouts themselves very exciting wars.
Latoya “Black Mamba” Walker (5-1-0)
Walker was considered one of the best featherweight fighters in the world, before her ongoing layoff from the sport. She owns notable victories over Bellator MMA stars Gabby Holloway and Brittney Elkin. The 38-year-old fought her last two fights with Invicta FC, however in November 2016 she declared she was done fighting for the organization due to their low pay-outs. Walker is one of the most promising prospects in the division, with real punching power as shown by her two KO/TKO victories.
Helena “Pretty” Kolesnyk (5-1-0)
Kolesnyk made her Invicta FC debut last year, losing by way of a first-round submission to the previously mentioned Pam Sorenson. Despite the loss, Kolesnyk is still without a doubt one of the most talented prospects in the division. The 27-year-old who was born in Ukraine and now fighting out of Russia has finished three of her victories inside the first round by way of strikes, as well as a round two submission victory by way of a standing neck crank. Kolesnyk believes she has what it takes to become the face of the featherweight division and looks to prove it this year.
Leah “Nidas” Letson (4-1-0)
Letson is a legit challenger for anyone in the 145-pound division, including Cris Cyborg. The 25-year-old trains at the Pura Vida BJJ/MMA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Nidas” doesn’t just TKO opponents, she knocks her opponents out cold. In fact, in her last showing she knocked out former UFC bantamweight Elizabeth Phillips in the very first round, following a devastating head kick.
Felicia “FeeNom” Spencer (3-0-0)
Spencer is a 27-year-old born in Montreal, Quebec who now fights out of The Jungle MMA in Orlando, Florida. She has fought all three of her professional fights under the Invicta FC banner, finishing the likes of Rach Wiley and Amy Coleman in the very first-round, as well as earning a unanimous decision over Madison McElhaney. As an amateur she went 5-1, with the sole loss being her debut.
Spencer has by far been Invicta FC’s most impactful featherweight contender over the past twelve months, remaining active and picking up finishes. With another victory, Spencer could potentially challenge for the Invicta FC later this year.
Fight fans, is it time for the UFC to create an actual division for women competing at 145-pounds? Who would you like to see the organization sign? Let us know in the comments section below.