The UFC Women’s Strawweight division is one of the deepest in the promotion.
Champion Rose Namajunas just wrapped up beating Joanna Jedrzejczyk twice – in 5 months! Jessica Andrade beat Tecia Torres in a thrilling fight. Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Felice Herrig threw down. Michelle Waterson and Cortney Casey went toe-to-toe in a great fight that ended in Waterson winning but left many feeling Casey should have got the nod.
All of those fights happened in the first few months of 2018. In the next few months the UFC has more fantastic match-ups in the Women’s Strawweight division lined up for our viewing pleasure. But what about the ladies who don’t have another fight lined up? That’s where this list comes into play. These are the fights we should see made in the UFC Women’s Strawweight division!
Champion Rose Namajunas verus Jessica Andrade
Rose Namajunas just got through beating former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk twice in less than half of a year. The champion needs a rest. But not too long of a rest because Jessica Andrade is waiting for another shot at the title.
Jessica Andrade has beaten two very game and incredibly tough opponents in Claudia Gadelha and Tecia Torres since losing a title shot just last year to Jedrzejczyk. The two fight win streak has helped Andrade climb up the rankings and prove she is worthy of another shot at the title. Andrade is one of the stronger, if not the strongest, fighters in the Strawweight division. There is no doubt that would come into play in a fight with Namajunas.
karolina Kowalkiewicz versus Michelle Waterson
Karolina Kowalkiewicz might be next in line to take on champion Rose Namajunas but if Andrade gets the nod, she will need a fight. With most of the top fighters in the division booked for fights, Kowalkiewicz doesn’t have too many options. Michelle Waterson is a good fit.
The UFC likes Waterson. She has a great attitude and is incredibly marketable. Why wouldn’t the promotion want Waterson to do well? Other than her marketability, Waterson is a pretty good fighter. Her two lone losses in the UFC are to champion Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres – a couple of pretty good fighters. This would be the one of the toughest fights Waterson could receive but a win would push her up the rankings, where she might fight for the title at some point.
Felice Herrig versus Angela Hill
Felice Herrig is coming off of a loss to one of the best fighters in the division – Karolina Kowalkiewicz. There is absolutely no shame in taking Kowalkiewicz the full 3 rounds in a fight that was fabulous. Herrig is in a tough spot right now having lost to a top fighter in the division while a lot of the fighters in the division have fights booked.
Angela Hill just beat Maryna Moroz and is always game for a fight. While Felice Herrig is ranked higher than Hill, this would be a fight that could help catapult Hill up the rankings. And if Herrig wins, it gets her back in the win column while looking for a higher ranked opponent in her next fight.
JJ Aldrich versus Aleksandra Albu
Both JJ Aldrich and Aleksandra Albu are young and with a couple more wins each will make names for themselves in the Strawweight rankings. Although Aldrich has five more professional fights than Albu, she is 2 years younger. Aldrich is on a 2 fight win streak in the UFC, beating Danielle Taylor and Chan Mi Jeon. At just 25 Aldrich is on her way up in the UFC Strawweight division. Despite now being booked to fight rising prospect Polyana Viana, Aldrich has a lot of exciting potential bouts ahead of her.
Way back in 2013 Aleksandra Albu was supposed to make her UFC debut, she had to pull out due to a knee injury. 2 years later Albu made her debut for the promotion and won. We wouldn’t see Albu again in the Octagon for another 2 years – where she would win again – this time bating Kailin Curran. The question with Albu is when she will fight again. Will it be another 2 years or will she take a fight before the two year mark?
What matches would you like to see in the strawweight division?