By Shawn Buck (@buck4peace)
With the recent upset losses of Miesha Tate and Holly Holm, the UFC women’s bantamweight division has become more competitive than it already was. Amanda Nunes’ first round destruction of Tate caused the championship belt to be placed on a different waist for the second consecutive time since Holly Holm shocked the world and beat the invincible Ronda Rousey. Valentina Shevchenko dominated Holm to give her a second straight defeat. And don’t forget Julianna Pena who recently beat Cat Zingano (who has a victory over Tate and Nunes). This division is deep and there are so many fights that can be made. Let’s look at some potential match ups.
Nunes vs Shevchenko 2
This would be a rematch of a fight in which Nunes won by decision. Nunes seemed gassed by the third and Shevchenko came on late. Most think if the fight was five rounds instead of three Shevchenko would have beaten her. With Nunes being champ now, we would find out.
Nunes vs Pena
Many believe that Pena should get the next shot at the title and understandably so. She has looked good in her three fights since winning the Ultimate Fighter. Nunes might have her hands full with this hungry fighter.
Tate vs Holm 2
This rematch could have happened at UFC 200 but Dana White elected to have Tate’s first defense against Nunes. The first fight, Holm’s first and only title defense, was close. Holm had a slight edge going into the last round before being submitted by Tate. Both former champions are looking to rebound from losses and the winner would have a jump on getting their title back.
Pena vs Shevchenko
Champion Nunes suggested in a tweet that these two fight and the winner gets a chance at her. It’s not a bad idea. Both would be coming off victories over two high profile fighters and the winner would have to be considered the number one contender to the belt.
Zingano vs Tate 2
Zingano has lost two straight but don’t count her out. At one point she was considered one of the best in the world before injuries set her back. Tate would probably like a little revenge since Zingano beat her in their first fight.
Zingano vs Holm
Both fighters have lost two consecutive times and they need to get back on track. What’s a better way to do it than fighting each other? Plus, Holm still has star power judging by the ratings of her last fight and UFC President Dana White loves that.
Rousey vs Anyone
The world wait for Rousey to fight. She has been quiet since her loss to Holm and some wonder will she ever step into the octagon again. If she decides to fight again it will be a big event, no matter who her opponent is. White has said that she would get a shot at the title if she wants it.