2010 is already shaping up to be banner year for the two of the more highly competitive weight classes in women's MMA. On January 30th Freestyle Cage Fighting will begin an 8 woman tournament in the bantamweight class. Based in Oklahoma, Freestyle Cage Fighting has scheduled the 135 pound tournament to take place over the course of three events with the finals being held sometime in the summer of 2010.
Strikeforce will reignite their push for women's MMA beginning with a scheduled title fight between Sarah Kaufman 10-0 vs. Takayo Hashi 12-1 for the promotion's vacant 135 pound belt. The bout is tentatively scheduled for a Strikeforce Challengers event in San Jose on Friday February 26th.
In April, Strikeforce will begin their much talked about women's 135 pound and 145 pound tournaments. The opening rounds of these two separate eight woman tournaments will start on the promotion's yet to be determined Challengers series event.
List of potential tournament members below
The "Face" of women's MMA is one of six covers in ESPN's first ever "Body Issue". Other cover athletes include Tennis star Serna Williams, NASCAR's Carl Edwards, NFL's Adrian Peterson, NBA's Dwight Howard and Triathlon competitor Sarah Reinertsen.
Does it help or hurt the cause for female fighters? Is any attention, good attention?
16 female fighters will get to compete in an upcoming reality show set to showcase women's MMA in the same way Spike TV and the UFC promoted MMA with their successful reality show The Ultimate Fighter..
Across the US in an undisclosed location in Florida the Ultimate Women's Challenge will began taping its show in September.
Tacoma, WA -- Women's bantamweight prospect Miesha Tate has scheduled her next fight. The 23 year old from Washington, will be the main event in her hometown on Saturday October 3rd.
Courtesy of Las Vegas promotion Tuff-N-Uff's YouTube page. A great 135 pound amateur fight from Tuff-N-Uff's July 10th event at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV.