Women Are Making UFC History…Meanwhile, TUF Coach Eddie Alvarez Didn’t Notice
On the first episode of TUF 26, Coach Eddie Alvarez said, “A lot of people have a misconception of women. And I think I’ve had it myself, in the past. When I got here, I pretty much changed my mind, pretty quickly, at seeing how game some of these girls are. Seeing how experienced, some of them are. I was shocked. I was shocked by a lot of them.”
Being shocked is a problem considering the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion” (TUF 26) features the first-ever women’s 125lbs division. And Eddie Alvarez is responsible for coaching eight (8) women through their fights to determine who will become the first UFC Female Flyweight Champion.
Somehow, Eddie didn’t notice all the hoopla surrounding the growth, skill development and experience of women’s MMA (WMMA). Ronda who?
I think Eddie just ignored WMMA because he wasn’t interested
But, he better get interested. Because now, Eddie is coaching a team of talented, experienced female fighters against Justin Gaethje and his team. And Justin wants to help his fighters improve, more than he wants to win. Miesha Tate is one of Justin’s coaches. I think Justin has a better handle on coaching than Eddie.
Justin, a former WSOF Champion, is currently making history himself, after his first successful performance in the UFC. At the end of this TUF season, it will be former UFC and Bellator champion, Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje.
Eddie lost the UFC Lightweight championship belt to Conor McGregor.
If Eddie doesn’t come up with something more brilliant than — Who knew women could fight? — I’ll be rooting for Team Gaethje.
So, Does That Mean Eddie Wouldn’t Recognize or Know The Names of These Three (Former and Current) Champions?
Well, Miesha is coaching on Justin’s team, so probably, he’d get her name right. Probably spell it wrong though. But, so do I. I have to look it up every time to make sure — i before e.
Doubtful that I’ll cheer for Team Eddie because Roxanne Modafferi is on Team Justin
I’ve enjoyed watching the evolution of Roxanne. Her stand-up is much improved. Her fight IQ and experience are building. But I’m most impressed with her ease in front of the camera. Her stage presence and personality just sparkle. I’m excited to watch her second journey on TUF. She appears to be very confident and comfortable in her own skin. And she is the number one seed for this season. Amazing!
Will Roxanne make it to the UFC this time?
Roxanne Modafferi made it to the UFC stage at “The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale” vs Raquel Pennington. Unfortunately, Roxanne was defeated by unanimous decision after 3 rounds.
On the first episode of TUF 26, Roxanne defeated her opponent, Shana Dobson.
UFC President Dana White, said that Roxanne showed why she was chosen as the number one seed. However, a few seasoned veterans will make it difficult for Roxanne to reach that coveted champion spot.
Barb Honchak defeated Roxanne in 2011, but that was a long time ago. Both women have improved substantially since then. Honchak was the first Invicta FC Flyweight champion, but hasn’t competed since 2014. Prior to the break in the action, Barb had a 9 fight winning streak against staunch competitors like Felice Herrig, Aisling Daily, Vanessa Porto and Leslie Smith.
Another veteran, Lauren Murphy is also competing on TUF even though she is currently with the UFC in the bantamweight division. In her four UFC bouts, Murphy faced Sarah Kaufman and Liz Carmouche, but was defeated by both. Maybe 125lbs is the right weight limit for Lauren to best showcase her skills and improve her record.
DeAnna Bennett, a veteran of Invicta FC, is the number four seed, She has a win over Julianna Pena, TUF 18 winner. Dana White believes that DeAnna could be the first Flyweight champion, even though she lost to Roxanne in May of 2016.
Hey, Eddie! There’s Even a Woman Aged 40 Currently Fighting in the UFC
Before I caught up with the first episode of TUF 26, I watched Fight Night UFC Rotterdam. In her post-fight, in the cage interview with Dan Hardy, Marion “the Belizean Bruiser” Reneau said, “I’m here to represent and to tell you that 40 is the new 20! I am 40 this year. That felt amazing.”
Reneau defeated her bantamweight opponent, Talita Bernardo at UFC Rotterdam on September 2, 2017 via a punishing ground and pound TKO near the very end of the third round.
On a side note: Lol! Dudes named Eddie are not so popular in DramaGuru Town.
Female UFC fighters: Cris Cyborg, Miesha Tate and Holly Holm
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