The UFC touched down in Boise, Idaho, for the first time on Saturday and fight fans were treated to some exciting women’s action across three divisions.To open the Boise card, strawweights Jessica Aguilar and Jodie Esquibel battled to capture their first octagon win. After three hard fives, Aguilar got the judges’ nod over Esquibel. Later, also on UFC Fight Pass, former Invicta FC flyweight champ Jennifer Maia made her long-awaited promotional debut against Liz “Girlilla” Carmouche. The former bantamweight title challenger managed to outwork Maia and make a claim at the divisions top. Finally, on the main card, “Alpha” Cat Zingano snapped a three-fight skid by winning a dominant decision over the “Belizean Bruiser” Marion Reneau in an important bantamweight showdown.
So, what’s next for the women of UFC Fight Night 133?
The former Invicta standout has been unable to find her footing in the Octagon so far. She is small for the division and will likely find herself at a reach and height disadvantage in almost all of her fights. With that being said, Esquibel is tough and durable competitor that readily engages in a brawl no matter who her opponent. Esquibel should next face Maia Stevenson— a TUF 26 competitor who is also in search of a UFC win. It would likely be a gritty high-stakes battle that decides who remains on the roster.
JESSICA “JAG” AGUILAR
The former WSOF strawweight champ snapped a two-fight skid to get her hand raised for the first time in the UFC. Now looking to begin a run up the rankings, Jags should meet Juliana “Ju Thai” Lima. Though she is currently riding a two-fight skid of her own, Lima has shown that she is more than capable of winning in the Octagon. A fight between the two gives Aguilar the opportunity to put together a streak and gives Lima the oppurtinity to snap a skid.
She didn’t get her hand raised on Saturday, but by no means did the former Invicta flyweight champ have a bad showing. Now with the Octagon debut under her belt, it will be interesting to see the Brazilian bounce back. Jessica–Rose Clark makes for an exciting bout and curious challenge to see who can get back on track to the top.
LIZ “GIRLILLA” CARMOUCHE
Strong at 135, Carmouche has proven to be a specimen at 125– a much more natural weight class for her. This win over a highly credible Maia propelled her up the rankings and puts her in prime position for a high-profile fight. “Girlilla” should meet Sijara Eubanks in a bout to determine a future title challenger.
MARION “THE BELIZEAN BRUISER” RENEAU
The bantamweight division is in a bit of a rough state with several fighters having moved up or down a weight class, a couple being out on maternity leave, and others with an unknown timeline. This was a high-stakes battle for Reneau— she was riding a four-fight unbeaten streak and was closing in on a title shot. It’s a tough loss but Reneau is a tough fighter who has all the tools to bounce right back. The official rankings are a bit of a mess and it’s hard to close in on a solid comeback fight for Marion that makes sense. With that being said, Reneau should help welcome Yana Kunitskaya to the bantamweight division. Kunitskaya is a quality opponent who poses interesting challenges and can make for an exciting fight.
“ALPHA” CAT ZINGANO
The raw emotion on Zingano’s face as she let out a battle cry after winning for the first time in years and snapping a three-fight skid was a beautiful moment. Zingano used a relentless takedown game and heavy top pressure to stifle Reneau. While a title shot isn’t her next fight, Cat showed that she is still a factor and one to watch in the bantamweight division. Zingano should meet Raquel Pennington next— it’s a bout that makes sense for both fighters and they share a bit of history— Zingano having submitted Pennington in Invicta.
Do you like these match-ups? Who would you like to see the fighters face next?