This November is set to be an exciting month in the world of women’s MMA and two of the most anticipated bouts come in the women’s featherweight division.
After somewhat of a slow few years, 2018 looks set to end on a high for the women at 145-pounds. With the UFC introducing new featherweight fighters through The Ultimate Fighter 28, Invicta FC re-introducing their featherweight title and Bellator MMA continuing to host fights for the division, things finally seem to be falling into place for the women who can’t comfortably make 135-pounds and perform at their best as a featherweight.
WMMA Rankings takes a look at two huge upcoming featherweight fights which fans don’t want to miss in November.
Cindy Dandois VS Olga Rubin
Bellator 209, November 15
Dandois (12-3) will be making her promotional debut following an impressive four-fight win streak, including three finishes. The 33-year-old is currently ranked number-four in the WMMA Featherweight World Rankings, having defeated some of the best 145-pound fighters of all time including Megan Anderson, Marloes Coenen, King Reina, Jorina Baars and Daria Ibragimova.
Rubin (4-0) has fought two of her four professional fights for the Bellator MMA organization, picking up impressive ground-and-pound stoppage wins over Laurita Likker-Cibirite and Joana Filipa. The 29-year-old seems to be more hungry than ever judging by her social media pages and appears supremely confident she can pick up the biggest win of her career in November.
With the majority of Bellator’s featherweight fighters coming off losses or having already lost to the champ, Julia Budd, the winner of this bout could very likely be receiving a shot at Budd’s belt in 2019. A victory for Dandois, combined with her win streak and many notable victories, would immediately raise questions as to whether she could be the best featherweight on the roster. However, if undefeated Rubin can take out such a highly experienced opponent, then she has more than proven she’s ready for the next shot.
Bellator 209 takes place on November 15 from the Menora Mivtachim in Tel Aviv, Israel. The main card featuring Dandois vs. Rubin will be aired live on Paramount Network from 9pm EST.
Pam Sorenson VS Felicia Spencer, vacant featherweight title
Invicta FC 32, November 16
Invicta FC re-introduces the women’s featherweight title on November 16 after Megan Anderson vacated the belt following her signing with the UFC last year. Contesting for the vacant title will be an experienced veteran in Pam Sorenson and a hungry up-and-comer who has been dominating the competition, Felicia Spencer.
Sorenson (7-2) has won five of her last six which includes a first-round armbar submission win over Helena Kolesnyk. Other notable names on her resume include Moriel Charneski and UFC stars, Nicco Montano and Jessica-Rose Clark. The 32-year-old is currently ranked number-eight in the WMMA Featherweight World Rankings. 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.
Spencer (5-0) has had a very dominant run since making her professional debut, remaining undefeated and picking up finishes over Helena Kolesnyk, Amy Coleman and Rach Wiley, as well as dominant decision wins over Akeela Al-Hameed and Madison McElhaney. The ‘Feenom’ is currently ranked number-ten in the WMMA World Rankings.
Invicta FC 32 takes place on November 16 from the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States. The entire event headlined by Sorenson vs. Spencer will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass from 8pm EST.
Fight fans, are you excited to see the featherweights in action this November? Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments section below.