Posted by MMAcca
[...]it made no sense until this week for the UFC to even consider a women's division. All of the top and marketable talent was signed elsewhere, and there'd really be no point to starting a women's division that was inferior to the one over at EliteXC.
I disagree with the assertion here that the women EliteXC had signed constituted a good, competitive division. If anything, EliteXC illustrated how little depth there is on the women's side of the sport right now. With SmackGirl, Fatal Femmes, and the American Fight League, EliteXC had the weakest group of women fighters in the sport. Tara Laros, Amanda Buckner, Laura D'Auguste, Takayo Hashi, Hitomi Akano, Roxanne Modafferi,
Of course, none of those fighters is a 140-lb fighter; they're all 135-lb fighters. The women's weight classes with any depth are 105 lbs, 115 lbs, and 135 lbs, and Carano is a 145-150 lb fighter who essentially represents her own weight class. She has very little competition, except perhaps for Cristiane Santos.
Carano should sign with the AFL and hopefully she'll get a match with Tara Larosa that we'll be able to see.