The UFC women’s Featherweight division is on the verge of being cut down from the promotion as they are still unable to fight a strong contender to challenge Amanda Nunes for her title.
It’s been four years since UFC announced the addition of this division and even until now it doesn’t have any official rankings. But Norma Dumont impressed UFC with her latest win against the former title contender, Felicia Spencer at UFC Vegas 27.
Talking about her win against Spencer with MMA Fighting, Norma Dumont revealed that the promotion wanted her to stay at the Featherweight division. She says, “I would like to have more fights before I face Amanda,”
“But I believe I’ll probably fight Amanda with two more wins at 145 pounds. I won’t have the time I wanted to mature, so we will have to speed up the process and evolve.”
The main problem with the women’s featherweight division has been the lack of contenders. That’s why UFC intends Norma Dumont to stay in this division for keeping it alive.
She added, “The UFC requested that so they won’t close the division, if I go down, [they will] probably close the division because there will be no one left as potential contenders for the belt. … Based on our conversation with the UFC, they will probably bring someone from 135 to fight me.”
Norma Dumont wants to face some big names before facing Nunes
Before winning this fight against Spencer, Norma Dumont lost her Flyweight debut against Megan Anderson. Now Anderson is out from UFC and Dumont is looking to fight against some big names before finally challenging Amanda Nunes for her title.
She added, “I would really like to fight popular athletes like Miesha Tate, who’s coming back now, Sara McMann, Raquel Pennington, Germaine de Randamie or Holly Holm,”
“But I think the UFC might bring bigger athletes like Julija Stoliarenko, who fainted during the weigh-ins and have a hard time cutting weight.”
Dumont continued, “For me, staying at 145 would be way healthier, having competition available at 145 would be way better for me because I wouldn’t have the stress of having to cut weight and live that strict life.”
“I know I do a good job for this division not to die. It’s up to me, it’s up to Felicia and the girls in the division. There aren’t many, so it’s up to us doing a good job.”