UFC Creates Another Meaningless Title At UFC 208
Earlier this week, UFC announced Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural UFC Women’s Featherweight title. It was an announcement met with tepid reaction, and for good reason.
Where is Cris Cyborg?
For a decade, Cyborg has dominated the women’s featherweight division. She’s either the greatest or second greatest female fighter of all-time depending on the amount of blind love you have for Ronda Rousey. She’s never ducked a challenger, she’s stood up to all of the scrutiny, and she’s proven to be a company fighter, cutting to 140 lbs for literally no reason, despite Dana White giving her no reason to believe and trust in him after years of digs and slights.
Add this to the list of digs and slights.
Cyborg was offered the fight. But she turned it down. Not because she’s afraid of Holm or de Randamie, but because she’s still recovering from a senseless weight cut to 140. Think about that for a second. The UFC had Cyborg cut to 140, for literally no reason, when she could have been fighting at 145 this whole time without risking her health. Someone please tell me the point of her cutting to 140. I’ll wait.
Due to the previous weight cut, she didn’t think she’d be ready to fight in February. She wanted to fight in late March. Instead of waiting a month to crown a proper 145 lb champion, the UFC and Dana White did what they always do. They acted rash to flex their muscle.
They made the Holm vs. de Randamie fight. Not because it’s going to sell PPVs, because it’s not. And not because it’s a fight fans have clamored for, because it’s not. And not because they really want to crown a women’s featherweight champion, because they’ve dragged their feet long enough on this decision. But because they wanted to once again prove that they are king and that the fighter’s are just toys that they use and eventually toss aside.
“They really needed a main event for UFC 208 in Brooklyn with tickets on sale this week” is what people are saying.
Great. So everyone is going to rush to Ticketmaster to buy tickets for a PPV headlined by Holm vs. de Randamie? Holm has lost her last two fights, and was never a draw, and I’d be surprised if 25% of MMA fans have heard of de Randamie and can name you the last time she fought.
How about the UFC plans better. How about they don’t wait until two months before the event to throw together a fight that no one wants to see and make it for a title to give the impression that it’s an important. How about they just call Donald Cerrone.
This comes weeks after UFC stripped Conor McGregor of his featherweight title in order to make Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis an interim title fight.
Dana White isn’t rational, which is a problem when you’re running a major sports company. If he has a chance to humiliate a fighter for any reason, no matter how petty, he’s going to do it. Cyborg didn’t want to fight on the date he had in mind? No problem. Now Cyborg isn’t fighting.
I know, she’ll get her title shot in mid-2017. Maybe. But that doesn’t change the fact that the UFC has once again done a disservice to their fans and their fighters. This fight doesn’t benefit Holm or de Randamie. They become the champion, but no one will truly recognize them as such until they face Cyborg. Granted, that’s par for the course in today’s UFC, where the belts are as meaningless as they’ve ever been.
This is just more proof that the promoter is not your friend.