The UFC strawweight division is only a few years old, but fans have quickly warmed to the weight class and it’s fighters. There are bankable stars and world class athletes - and in many cases fighters have both the “It” factor and elite skills. While it is the smallest weight class in the UFC, it has no problems drawing viewers - something that cannot be said for its men’s counterpart, the flyweight division.
At 115 pounds, it’s tough to score knockouts, but what the division lacks in pop it makes up for in scrappiness. It seems as “gritty” is a term that can be used to define almost every fighter in the top 10, and perhaps no division personifies “going out on your shield” better than strawweight.
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Let’s take a deeper look into this still developing division. Remember, you can bet on your favorite fighters with the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu.
Weight Limit: 115 pounds
No other champion besides Demetrious Johnson has been as dominant as women’s strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk. With five title defenses under her belt, J-Check is set to defend the strap at UFC 217 on November 4 - the third title fight on a monster card. Hoping to hand the Polish killer her first career loss is Rose Namajunas, who earned her shot with a win over Michelle Waterson this past April.
As expected, Jedrzejczyk is a huge favorite over Namajunas. It’s hard to really point out any advantages the challengers has in this matchup - she doesn’t have the killshot power to warrant a puncher’s chance nor the natural strength and athleticism to overwhelm. “Thug” would have to be at least a +500 underdog before I’d consider laying the price for her to win.
Since losing to Paige VanZant in April 2015, veteran Felice Herrig has experienced a dramatic resurgence. In her past two fights, she dealt blue chip prospects Justine Kish and Alexa Grasso their first career losses - cementing Herrig as a bona fide hype killer. That makes three straight wins for “Lil’ Bulldog”, who has earned a shot at a top contender.
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1. Jessica Andrade
2. Claudia Gadelha
3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
4. Rose Namajunas
5. Tecia Torres
6. Michelle Waterson
7. Cynthia Calvillo
8. Carla Esparza
9. Felice Herrig
10. Paige VanZant
11. Cortney Casey
12. Alexa Grasso
13. Jojo Calderwood
14. Randa Markos
15. Maryna Moroz
The biggest threat to this division would be the creation of a flyweight division. There would be an inevitable talent exodus as fighters would look to avoid weight cuts - even J-Check expressed interest in fighting for a flyweight title. But strawweight is a class that is here to stay - it’s an accessible weight class that will only grow in time.
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