Tessa Simpson: “It’s only a matter of time before the UFC adds an atomweight division”

Tessa “The Typhoon” Simpson returns to action at this Friday’s Invicta FC 26 event to battle Amber Brown.

Tessa Simpson says it’s only a matter of time before the UFC introduces a women’s atomweight division.

Simpson (5-2-0) is currently the number-ten ranked atomweight fighter in the world, according to the WMMA World Rankings. A victory against the number-seven ranked Amber Brown would be a big one for the rising 105-pound prospect.

My mindset is to go in there and beat Amber in every position and every exchange,” said Simpson.

The 31-year-old’s ultimate goal is to one day become a UFC world champion. She recently revealed during an interview with Combat Press that she believes the UFC will introduce a women’s atomweight division in the near future.

It’s only a matter of time,” Simpson suggested. “Atomweight is a small division, but it’s definitely deeper than featherweight. The fights are always exciting, so in my mind I don’t see it being too far off before the UFC adds an atomweight division.”


WMMA Atomweight World Rankings

Invicta FC 26 takes place this Friday December 8 from the Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The entire event will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from 8pm ET.



    1. please, in the name of the lord, no atomweights. They cant’ draw blood, they’ll look like 9th graders in the middle of the big octogon They’re small, so they won’t even have any boobs to see bounce around. We’ll see lots of ground fighting, like kittens playing. There are no knockout artists at 105. each fight will be a certain 20 minute 3 round plus intro, breaks, and blather afterwards for a boring decision

      1. You’ve been watching the wrong atomweight fights, Joolz. Frey had a huge gash above her eye in her title fight with Hamasaki, and although she wanted to continue, the ref stopped it. Although it could be argued whether it was a true atomweight fight (One Championship has a unique way of establishing weight limits), Angela Lee defending her atomweight title against Mei Yamaguchi is probably one of the best women’s fights of last year, and the only fight of Angela’s to go to decision. I suggest you watch Jinh Yu’s upcoming Road atomweight title fight against Seo Hee Ham. Fights don’t always live up to the hype, but I seriously believe that it has the potential to be contender for Women’s fight of the year. If you don’t get that opportunity, try check out some of Ham’s fights against much bigger strawweights in the UFC. I’d much rather watch the top atomweights than the top featherweights on up. I even have higher expectations for the Ham/Frey fight than the Cyborg/Holm fight, although I hope the latter surprises me.

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