BREAKING: UFC dropping women’s featherweight division

In a decision that does not come as a surprise, the UFC is getting rid of the women’s featherweight division. The news was revealed by Megan Anderson (11-5) this evening on her Twitch Live Stream.

Anderson said that the UFC has informed her that the promotion is getting rid of featherweight and they will not be retaining her. UFC 259 was Anderson’s final fight on her current contract with the promotion.

Of course, Anderson lost in her title fight to Amanda Nunes (21-4). Earlier today, we posted an article about what could be next for Megan Anderson. However, it was hard to find any options for Anderson given the lack of fighters at 145 pounds.

The UFC currently has one final featherweight bout already booked for May. That matchup will feature former title challenger Felicia Spencer and Danyelle Wolf. For now, this will be the final women’s featherweight fight in the UFC.

UFC’s next steps

The writing was on the wall for the featherweight division. The UFC only had a handful of fighters in the division and the only two viable challengers to the champion were completely dominated in their attempts at the title.

Keeping the division didn’t make much sense at this point. Amanda Nunes said after UFC 259 that she doesn’t want to give up her title and wants to keep her champ-champ status.

The promotion absolutely loves Nunes so my guess is they will let her keep the title of featherweight champion. However, the division as a whole will no longer exist until the promotion finds a challenger for Nunes.

Megan Anderson will now hit the open market as a free agent. After the fight in May, Felicia Spencer and Danyelle Wolf will also be released from their UFC contracts unless they can make 135 pounds. Amanda Nunes will now return exclusively to bantamweight to defend her 135 pound title.

UFC books Felicia Spencer – Danyelle Wolf

The UFC has finalized a big matchup in their featherweight division for May. First reported by BJPenn.com, Felicia Spencer (8-2) will be returning for her first fight since her failed attempted to dethrone Amanda Nunes at UFC 250.

Standing across from Felicia Spencer will be Danyelle Wolf (1-0) who will be making her UFC debut. The matchup between the two featherweights will take place on May 20th.

As mentioned, this will be the first time that Felicia Spencer has competed since last June. By the time she makes the walk, it would have been almost a year since UFC 250. On that night, Felicia Spencer proved that she just might be the toughest female fighter in the UFC.

The only two women to have defeated Felicia Spencer in her professional career are Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg. Not a bad resume when arguably the two greatest female fighters of all time are your only losses.

The former Invicta Featherweight champion is known for her toughness and her grappling ability. Spencer has incredible top pressure when she gets fights to the ground and she’s very strong. She’s still one of the best female fighters in the UFC despite the lopsided loss to Nunes.

Big UFC debut for Danyelle Wolf

Last September, Danyelle Wolf made her professional MMA debut on Dana White’s Contender Series. She won that fight by unanimous decision and the UFC decided to give her a contract. The former pro-boxer will see a massive step up in competition in May.

Wolf is a former US national champion in boxing. She will turn 38 years old this year, but she believes she has what it takes to make a run in the UFC. Due to the featherweight division being extremely light, Wolf was able to get a contract from the UFC after her debut.

She can take full advantage of that in May when she takes on Felicia Spencer. If Wolf is able to come out and defeat Spencer in her UFC debut, she might only be a victory away from a featherweight title shot. That sounds crazy, but there is virtually no competition in the featherweight division.

DWCS Week 7 Recap: Who walked away with UFC contracts last night?

UFC, Dana White

Last night, the UFC hosted their seventh and final episode of Dana White’s Contender Series for this current run. With the upcoming trip to Fight Island, the show is going to be taking a break for the next six week or so.

So far this year, the Contender Series has brought many new fighters to the UFC. In the six episodes leading into last night, Dana White had awarded 23 fighters UFC contracts through the first six weeks. White handed out three new contracts last night. Let’s take a look at the UFC newcomers.

UFC Newcomers

Before we dive into the newest members of the roster, there were two fighters who didn’t get contracts last night. Michael Lombardo (11-2, 1 NC) and Kyle Driscoll (12-3) both won decisions, but the UFC president wasn’t impressed enough to give either man a contract.

Danyelle Wolf

The first UFC contract of the evening was handed out to Danyelle Wolf (1-0). The record there is not a typo, last night was her MMA debut. Wolf came in as a professional boxer having fought over 40 times professionally in the squared circle.

White alluded to the fact that Wolf benefits from fighting at featherweight. The UFC women’s featherweight division is extremely light, and the promotion is looking to build up that weight class for the champion, Amanda Nunes.

The fight Wolf had last night was very competitive with Taneisha Tennant. In fact, there were quite a bit of people that scored the fight for Tennant. Normally you wouldn’t see Dana White give someone like this a contract, but the lack of featherweights assisted here.

Collin Anglin

The second UFC contract of the evening was handed out to featherweight Collin Anglin (8-1). Anglin had a fight that made White give a standing ovation once the fight was over. It was an absolute war, and White praised both Anglin and Muhammadjon Naimov.

Naimov stared out the fight strong, and I gave him the first round. However, Anglin really started to go for it in the final two rounds and took that fight. He earned that UFC contract last night, and both men were very impressive.

After the event, White said that Naimov was extremely disappointed in himself. However, White said that Naimov is on the short list in case someone falls out so don’t be shocked to see him with the promotion sooner or later.

Jordan Williams

The final contract of evening was handed out to the fighter who had the most impressive performance to me. Jordan Williams (9-3, 1 NC) was on his third attempt to get into the UFC being on DWCS. Third time was the charm last night.

Williams took on Gregory Rodrigues, and he left little doubt that he deserved to be inside the octagon. Just before the halfway point in the round, Williams pushed Rodrigues back and landed a combination from hell that put Rodrigues out.

Williams screamed after he won the fight, “Give me my contract!”. The camera panned to the UFC president who had a big smile on his face. The talented middleweight finally made it to the big show.