Since Zuffa, the parent company for the UFC, purchased Strikeforce, female fighters and their proponents have wondered about the future of their sport. UFC president Dana White has questioned the depth of the women's side of the sport. Would it still have a place in the fighting landscape?
So far, it has. Three women's fights have taken place under Zuffa-led Strikeforce. It started with a June Challengers show, where Julia Budd won a decision over Germaine de Randamie. Next, Sarah Kaufman ripped up Liz Carmouche's face in a decision at a July Challengers card. Finally, Miesha Tate choked her way to the women's title over Marloes Coenen in last weekend's Strikeforce card in suburban Chicago.
But to continue fighting, the women knew that they had to impress and draw fans. As Coenen pointed out at last week's open workout, "The UFC is not a non-profit organization." Tate talked about the opportunity to impress fans, media and most importantly, Zuffa executives.
Now, with three fights including a title fight on the books, have they done it? Imagine that you're an executive with Zuffa. You know that women continually deliver exciting fights and ratings, but you're concerned about the lack of female fighters. Would you support a women's division? Vote in the poll, and tell us why or why not in the comments or on Facebook.