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UFC on FOX 20 Aftermath: Bedlam in the women’s bantamweight division

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The UFC has faced relentless criticism over the past couple years for making money fights over the bouts that adhere to pure sport.

Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz at welterweight? Twice? Sure, why not put the entire featherweight division on ice for a year, and create an interim title when the champion isn’t hurt?

Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson in a rumored rematch for the middleweight title? Take a seat, Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, and let the story play out.

And so on, and so forth.

Curiously, the one marquee division in which the company hasn’t let the promise of the biggest bucks get in the way of the divisional scheme is women’s bantamweight, of which we were so vividly reminded at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 20.

Rather than go with a ready-made rematch between Miesha Tate and Holly Holm at UFC 200, coming off Tate’s stunning fifth-round submission win over Holm to claim the bantamweight belt at UFC 196, Tate asked for and got Amanda Nunes, followed just two weeks later by Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko.

What unfolded was a demonstration of just how deep the talent runs at 135 pounds these days. Nunes mauled Tate in the first round and claimed the title. Shevchenko had her way with Holm, who has stunningly dropped two in a row since beating Rousey last November. And, while we’re at it, Cat Zingano, who seemed poise to crack the top tier once again, was swept aside by the rising Julianna Pena at UFC 200.

It makes for an exciting time for hardcore fans, who have a bunch of new matchups to ponder.

It’s also a disaster for luring in the casual fans who made 2015 such a blockbuster year. Rousey’s return will be big no matter who she fights. But, with all due respect to the superb talents of ….View full article

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