The UFC currently has a grand total of eleven champions on the roster and after UFC 208 this February, that number will be increasing.
That's because former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie will be battling to crown the first ever UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion -- a division UFC President Dana White says wasn't in the plans for 2017.
“Listen, Holly and Germaine will be a good fight,” White said during a media scrum last week. “It’s a good fight. I don’t know, I’ve got to see – the wheels are already in motion, so I’ve just got to see how this thing plays out and go from there. That was never the plan, to do (women’s featherweight) either, but now we’re in. We’ll see how that one goes, who knows, maybe one of these two will win the belt and we’ll find a contender. I don’t know, we’ll see how this whole thing plays out.”
White says that Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino would’ve been a part of the women’s featherweight division, but her recent suspension spoiled everything.
“Obviously, the plans that I had for 145 were just all – they didn’t go the way I thought it was going to go,” White said. “Both those girls wanted to fight Cyborg, right? And stylistically, they’re both great matchups for Cyborg. I actually like both of those fights. Germaine and Holly are both great fights for Cyborg. Cyborg got her 145-pound title in her division and that all blew up on me.”
UFC 208 takes place on Saturday, February 11 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie headlining.