UFC President Dana White seriously put his foot in his mouth when it came to sharing his latest thoughts on women's MMA.
Shortly after the UFC on Fox 4 pre-fight presser, White spoke to a small group of reporters and stuck to his familiar claim that there's not enough depth in the female MMA ranks, only to admit seconds later that his knowledge of female fighters is extremely limited.
"My position is just there's not enough good women out there," White said at the 0:50 mark of the video. "You got Ronda Rousey, you got Miesha Tate, and then we'll see what everybody else has got."
One reporter called out White for never making mention of Sarah Kaufman, a fierce striker who holds a victory over Miesha Tate and several other elite fighters. Kaufman is fighting Rousey on Aug. 18, but White seemed to have no clue who she is.
"I don't know enough, I don't pay attention or focus on the women's [MMA game] at all," White responded. "I don't focus on it, ya know? I know a couple here, a couple there. I know two actually."
Essentially you have White, who often claims there's not enough depth in the female MMA ranks to open a women's division in the UFC, admitting he can only name two female fighters, one of whom lost not only to Rousey, but also to Kaufman and Kaitlin Young.
If White agrees that Miesha Tate is a top-level competitor, he should definitely consider Kaufman and Young to be as well, since they both hold victories over her.
Kaufman is 15-1 and ranked above Tate in the Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings, and Young has just one loss in her last four bouts. And if we take it there, what about all the women who beat Kaufman and Young?
UFC Flyweights vs Women's Bantamweights
Let's be honest here: the women's bantamweight division is just as stacked as the UFC's flyweight division, which has just 14 fighters on its current roster.
The top 14 women's bantamweights - which includes Rousey, Kaufman, Alexis Davis, Sarah McMann, Tate, Liz Carmouche, Shayna Baszler, Julie Kedzie, Sarah D'Alelio, Amanda Nunes and others - is clearly a stronger core of athletes than the UFC's flyweight ranks.
Not only is it stronger from top to bottom, it's also less top-heavy. The UFC's Flyweight Division has just a few household names - Joseph Benavidez, Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson - while the women's bantamweight ranks feature a competitive lineup throughout the top 14.
Should there be a women's division in the UFC? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of MMA. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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