The UFC has announced the opening of a 145-lb women’s division.
The first female UFC featherweight champion will be crowned at UFC 208 when #4 ranked bantamweight Holly Holm and #11 ranked Germaine de Randamie fight for the inaugural title. The event is set to take place on February 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Holm (10-2) is coming off of a unanimous decision defeat to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX 20 in July. Prior to that, she suffered the first defeat of her career to Miesha Tate via fifth-round rear naked choke, losing her bantamweight title in the process.
De Randamie (7-3) is coming off of two straight victories. The first being a second-round TKO over Larissa Pacheco at UFC 185 and the second a first-round TKO over Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night 87. Prior to that, she suffered a loss to current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
Cristiane “Cyborg” was offered to fight for the title against either Holm or de Randamie but was forced to turn down the bouts as she was still recovering from her brutal weight cut for UFN 95. The current Invicta featherweight champion expects to return sometime in March next year.
Another featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway is expected to take place on the card.