The past twelve months has seen a dramatic rise in women over 155 pounds choosing to compete in MMA. Last year fans protested online for organisations to recognise the higher weight classes, interest is rapidly increasing for these hard hitting ladies.
Ronda Rousey was the women who brought mainstream attention to the 135lb division, with Cris Cyborg doing the same at 145lbs. However, a women who believes she can follow in Rousey’s path and be a pioneer for the upper divisions is Anna Dempster.
22-year-old knockout artist, Anna “3HORN” Dempster is a fighter to watch out for over the next year. Hailing out of Portland, Oregon – she currently trains at Impact Jiu Jitsu and is currently one of the most highly touted amateur competitors in the world. She competes in the 155lb lightweight division and the 170lb welterweight division.
She is currently undefeated as an amateur with the perfect 6-0-0 record, she has been extremely dominant in her six MMA fights and appears unstoppable. Her latest fight was against another highly touted prospect Macy Chiasson. Dempster stunned the audience when she knocked Chiasson out cold with a punch in round two. Something which we very rarely see from women in the sport.
“3HORN” hopes to turn pro sometime this year, and when she does she plans to take out all the top contenders in the lightweight and welterweight divisions. Some of the recent emerging stars in these divisions include number one lightweight Bobbi-Jo Dalziel, ground and pound specialist Sarah Patterson, rising Russian prospects Svetlana Khautova and Dinara Shukeeva, BJJ specialist Brittney Elkin, vicious Australian striker Genah Fabian and many more. Dempster believes she has what it takes to bring these divisions more attention and opportunities, similar to how Ronda Rousey did with the bantamweights.
Dempster most recently competed as a welterweight and is currently ranked number six in the developing division.
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Take a look at Dempster’s recent knockout victory over fellow highly touted prospect Macy Chiasson. The knockout happens from around 5:20 minutes into the clip.