For now, if you are a female and you want to compete in the UFC, you need to be able to make 135 pounds.
However, in the future, that could change. The promotion will showcase female bantamweights on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, and UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com recently that more weight classes are likely in the future.
The evolution of this sport as it’s continued to grow, we’ve been adding weight classes, and the sport keeps getting bigger. There are more and more talented guys in all those weight classes. The same thing will happen with the women.
White added that many people questioned the decision to promote lightweight male fighters, saying, “everybody was like, ‘This is crazy. They’re too small. Nobody will ever watch.'” The 155-pounders have grown to starring roles on several pay-per-views and FOX-televised cards in recent years.
I think when you got into the 135-pound division, I knew there were enough fights for a year and a half, two years. You think that after it starts to generate some excitement and interest that other women will pop out of the woodwork. I think over the next couple of years, we’re really going to see a big boom.
It will be interesting to see what the UFC does, as Invicta FC – the all-female promotion based out of Kansas City – currently has several weight classes, including 105-pounders.