So did the UFC. After the majority decision loss to Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208, Holm is back in unfamiliar territory, riding a three fight losing streak.
After that night, it’s hard not to have reservations about this division’s success. Fans are constantly hearing about the 145-pound division being too “green,” and that the division lacks substance. We also still have yet to be introduced to the featherweight roster. It’s hard not to have reservations, since the UFC put their only star up against a woman who the world didn’t know very well.
As the MMA community waits to hear from USADA and Cyborg, hopefully the UFC can build the division around the best female pound-for-pound fighter.
Here are some options the UFC should considering taking after UFC 208: