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22nd Aug 2015

The plan for UFC 195’s co-main event is a serious landmark for women in MMA

Please let this happen

Darragh Murphy

At this stage it’s pretty much redundant using the term “women’s MMA.”

The two female title-holders in the UFC are arguably the best pound-for-pound grappler and best pound-for-pound striker on the UFC roster so categorising them away from the men is a little bit silly.

Perhaps the phrase “women’s MMA” will be eradicated entirely after UFC 195 when we’ll see a first for the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.

It was revealed yesterday that, for the first time, the UFC are planning on having two female title fights headline a card.


Holly Holm was announced as the surprise next challenger to Ronda Rousey’s bantamweight strap as she leapfrogged Miesha Tate to a title shot for the January 2 event.

And as co-main event for Rousey’s seventh attempted title defence, the UFC are targeting a strawweight title fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha.

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 13: Claudia Gadelha (top) attempts a take down on Joanna Jedrzejczyk in their women's strawweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the at U.S. Airways Center on December 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

UFC president Dana White broke the news to the Los Angeles Times last night but made it clear to point out that the 115 lb bout is dependent on Gadelha, whose 2014 fight with Jedrzejczyk was a close affair, rehabilitating a broken finger.

Here’s hoping that the MMA Gods don’t screw this historic night up.