It’s Raining Women – Hallelujah! Or Not?

UFC 184 had two headline female fights. One was history-making spectacular, the other much less so. UFC 185 quickly follows up with two more female fights, another title fight no less, between the current and only UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza and her number 1 contender Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Prior to the second headliner Larissa Pacheco in her second UFC fight vs the number 15 contender Germaine de Randamie kicks off their bout in the early prelims.

Carla Esparza vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 185 SW title fight ...


The amazing Rousey – Zingano extravaganza in UFC 184, where two women of remarkable skills and exceptional life stories combined with their attractive appearance was a marketing dream come true. All was well until it was time to promote the next fight and the female fighters once again take a step back in the limelight. Regardless, here are a few light-hearted reasons to pay some attention to them.

It is battle of the nations

It is not often that 4 nationalities makes up two fights. Esparza is Hispanic American, Jędrzejczyk is Polish, Pacheco is Brazilian and de Randamie is from the Netherlands. UFC is still dominated with fighters based in the USA, with these ‘exotic’ fighters the UFC could hope to appeal to the patriotic nature of MMA fans over four countries and win a larger crowd. At the very least it will be fun to see how the commentators struggle with pronouncing Jędrzejczyk should the fight becomes fast paced.

Chingyin Ng, originally from Singapore had lived in London, UK and is now based in Melbourne Australia. She had trained extensively in a variety of martial arts including Muay Thai and Boxing. As MMA gains popularity in Australia and Asia, Chingyin follows all news and progress with enthusiasm and with her unique and bilingual background she is able to provide a different perspective.