5 Talking Points from UFC Fight Night 89
The fallout from the UFC Ottawa card
The UFC Fight Night 89 card at Ottawa card featured some of Canada’s finest athletes, but as it would turn out, not their share of the spoils as a night of topsy-turvy fights was capped off by Stephen ‘Wonderboy” Thompson castling the country’s own Rory MacDonald.
Ranging from a high level, tactically-fuelled ‘chess match’ that was the main event, to an all-out stand-and-bang war that Steve Bosse and Sean O’Connell put on, the card was replete with fights that were as varied in their narratives and implications as they were in their nature.
Coming off a stacked card that was UFC 199 and with the MMA fraternity keeping one eye on the looming landmark that is UFC 200 on July 9th, UFC Fight Night 89 at Ottawa more than held it’s own amidst all the furore and provided entertainment aplenty for fight fans.
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#5 A Women’s revolution?
Considering that Cyborg made her UFC debut last month, at a 140 pound catchweight no less, and the fact that the fight between Joanne Calderwood and Valerie Letourneau was the first one at Flyweight, the subtext is pretty self-evident.
The UFC is looking at expanding Women’s MMA and perhaps even into two whole new weight classes at 145 and 125 pounds.
Taking into account the IV ban imposed recently by USADA, athletes have been forced now more than ever to compete at natural weight classes, instead of dehydrating themselves and making a much lower weight.
And Letourneau, Calderwood and Cyborg may not be the only women who come out and express the trouble they face in cutting weight and competing at a lower weight class; on the contrary, they may well be the first ones to do so.