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UFC’s new featherweight class is a complete mess

It’s hard to get excited about Germaine de Randamie becoming the first-ever UFC women’s featherweight champion. It should be an exciting moment with the opening of a brand new weight class, but her win seems pretty dull.

When the UFC created the men’s flyweight division they had a tournament and the champion Demetrious Johnson earned his belt. When the UFC created the women’s featherweight division they tested it with the legendary Cris Cyborg fighting Leslie Smith in a 140-pound catchweight and the Line Lansberg in a second 140-pound catchweight bout and then threw Holm and de Randamie into a title fight for a new division.

Holm never once fought at 145-pound. De Randamie was just 1-1 as a featherweight when she was in Strikeforce and never did much of anything as a bantamweight in the UFC to deserve a title shot.

The first UFC women’s featherweight fight should have spotlighted Cyborg, or at least a proven UFC-owned Invicta FC featherweight like Charmaine Tweet or their current interim champion Megan Anderson.

UFC’s 208 main event just seemed so insincere and the fact that a converted dutch kickboxer who has never once been considered close to a top featherweight is now being called the world champion just makes it worse.

Making things even worse that the UFC always refused to create the weight class to accommodate Cyborg before because they said there was not enough talent to fill their rankings. While they are absolutely right in that the weight class simply doesn’t have enough talent to put on quality fights, Cyborg was the star the UFC always ignored. Then they created this weight class after Cyborg was faced with a USADA violation that may result in a career-threatening four-year suspension.

So the UFC has another belt, a belt that probably should never headline a card whether it’s free on TV or on fight pass and certainly never on a PPV card. They have a champion that nobody who has ever watched MMA before can claim is actually the world champion. They have a weight class that is going to be filled with women who have probably never fought in the weight class before.

Now, who is excited about that?

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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