June 2, 2023

The Current Queens of the Cage: UFC Women’s Champions and Their Next Challengers

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MMA is a landscape of relentless pursuit where champions are forged in the crucible of grit, technique, and sheer determination. This spotlight shines on the outstanding women at the helm of the UFC divisions, as we dissect the thrilling battles that lie ahead on their championship journey.

Zhang Weili: Dominance Returns to Strawweight

Zhang Weili’s triumphant moment after clinching the Strawweight Championship with a commanding submission over Carla Esparza.

As Strawweight Champion (115lbs), Zhang Weili (23-3-0) commands respect. Her gripping submission of Carla Esparza in late 2022 not only cemented her second reign as the strawweight queen but also sent ripples through the division. This August 19, 2023, in Boston, she prepares to clash with Amanda Lemos (13-2-1) at UFC 292. Lemos, who packs a punch that has rattled many opponents and sports a solid 7-1 record in strawweight, stands as a formidable adversary, poised to challenge Weili’s reign.

Fight Summary: Zhang Weili vs. Amanda Lemos for the UFC strawweight title at UFC 292 on August 19, 2023.

Alexa Grasso: The New Era of Flyweight

Alexa Grasso connects with a powerful left hand on Valentina Shevchenko during their gripping Flyweight encounter.

In a display of sheer skill, Alexa Grasso (16-3-0) dethroned Valentina Shevchenko (23-4-0) this past March, stunning the Flyweight division (125lbs) and cementing her rise. Grasso, undefeated in her 5-0 run since her move to flyweight, awaits a date for a highly anticipated rematch with Shevchenko. UFC President Dana White confirms it’s in the pipeline, and fans around the world can hardly wait.

Fight Summary: Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko II for the UFC flyweight title at a TBA date.

Amanda Nunes: The Reigning Dual Champion

Intensity personified: Amanda Nunes and Irene Aldana share a charged face-off at the recent UFC 289 press conference, previewing their upcoming clash.

Amanda Nunes (22-5-0), the undisputed Bantamweight Champion (135lbs), showcases her invincibility time and again. After a minor hiccup against Julianna Pena in late 2021, Nunes bounced back with a vengeance to reclaim her throne. Now, Irene Aldana (14-6-0), a dangerous knockout artist, steps up to challenge Nunes at UFC 289 on June 10. Aldana aims to echo the success of her teammate Alexa Grasso and upset the bantamweight monarch.

Nunes’ reign, however, extends beyond bantamweight. As the Featherweight Champion (145lbs), she’s been untouchable, with her defeat of Megan Anderson still fresh in fans’ memories. Although the title hasn’t been defended for over two years, Nunes has voiced her eagerness to return to featherweight action soon. With an upcoming bout between Norma Dumont and Chelsea Chandler on July 15, we may soon see a contender emerge.

Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 289 on June 10.

In the realm of Women’s MMA, the champions aren’t just fighters; they’re the architects of their sport’s history. As they prepare to defend their crowns, we, as fans, look forward to matches brimming with excitement, intensity, and the promise of unforgettable action. Mark your calendars, as these duels in the Octagon are ones you wouldn’t want to miss.

Don’t want to miss a single clash in the Octagon? Make sure to check out our WMMA Rankings Schedule for a comprehensive list of all upcoming UFC Women’s fights. Stay tuned, stay updated!

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