The UFC 200 fight card is filling up fast, but there have been no women’s bouts announced thus far. We should expect that to change.
There are several high profile fights lining the card, the least of which is the main event, non-title fight rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. An interim featherweight championship between former UFC titleholders Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar also holds a spot near the top of the card.
Of the six other fights officially announced by the promotion, none includes a bout between any of the promotion’s female fighters. By the time the fight card is fleshed out, however, there is likely going to be two or three women’s bouts on the docket.
“You should expect a couple,” UFC president Dana White said recently during an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “There will be a couple women’s fights at UFC 200. Actually, there will be two or three.”
While White fell short of naming any names, one name that could find its way to the marquee appears to be that of Miesha Tate.
The newly minted women’s bantamweight champion was initially being held back for a rematch with Ronda Rousey, but that was also the initial plan for Holly Holm after she upset Rousey for the title at UFC 193 in November. With Rousey non-committal on a timeline for her return, Holm took a fight with Tate at UFC 196 and lost the belt to her.
Current projections, according to White, put Rousey back in the Octagon sometime in November or December of this year. So would they force Tate to wait on the sidelines until ….View full article