Michelle Waterson wants to see the UFC add a women’s atomweight division to its roster in the near future.
Last week, several news outlets reported that the UFC is looking to add a women’s 105-pound weight-class along with a potential new TV deal. Waterson (15-6) was recently asked about the rumors during a chat with MMA NYTT.
“Of course. There’s so many women that compete in MMA that train just as hard as the guys do and they need a home,” Waterson said. “They need a place to showcase their skills. Absolutely I think they should add the weight class. It would expand the UFC roster and there are a lot of entertaining 105’ers that are heavy hitters, they’re fast, they’re good submission artists. So yeah, I think they should definitely add it.”
“I think there are more atomweight fighters than there are fighters in [Cris] Cyborg’s weight class. They have a weight class for her,” Waterson said. “100-percent. It should happen and it eventually will.”
“The Karate Hottie” was in action this past weekend at the UFC on FOX 29 event, earning herself a split decision victory over Cortney Casey. The 32-year-old was an Invicta FC atomweight world champion before making the move to the UFC in order to fight women from the bigger 115-pound division.
The atomweight division would certainly be an exciting addition to the UFC. The weight-class is constantly growing with the women putting on the most exciting fights on their respective cards. Some of the division’s most popular talents include Jinh Yu Frey, Ashley Cummins, Seo Hee Ham, Herica Tiburcio and Amber Brown.
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