I just needed to get this out there but man, I finally just watched UFC Fight Night 45 and I was flabbergasted when I watched Leslie Smith fight Jessamyn Duke. Right from the start they both looked tired, slow and sloppy. I was really astonished that either one of them are fighting in the UFC. I was expecting Duke to win this fight for some reason but WOW she looked utterly lost out there.
At one point, Duke caught a leg kick from Smith and literally had a hard time even landing a punch with her right hand while she had a hold of Smith's leg. It looked like a kid fighting their older sibling. I was not surprised at all that just by throwing some routine combo's, Smith was able to put the stagnant and immobile Duke away.
This brings me to my point... Is women's MMA even at the level it should be to deserve a place among the UFC ranks? I was ALL FOR WMMA integration in the UFC and I welcomed the women fighting with open arms. Since the UFC opened up to females, I have maybe seen two decent fights and 10 or 15 sloppy, sad looking fights that did not deserve to be on a main card, let alone a televised event.
We all want the best for MMA and every one of us wants to see the best of the best fighting, and that is why we watch the UFC (that, or the entertainment) but I just feel like maybe 3 women in MMA right now are really well-rounded skilled fighters and that is nowhere near enough to keep WMMA interesting or relevant for the UFC.
I don't know if anyone out there feels my pain, but I can't keep watching these one-sided beat downs or all around boring, terrible fights without questioning the logic of the UFC. Ronda Rousey is really well-rounded and her stand-up is getting way better, but she has nobody to even fight outside of Holy Holm, and what's next after that????
In closing, I think the UFC rushed to WMMA and in doing so they did women fighters a great disservice. If fights like this continue to materialize, they might pull the plug all together. Maybe the UFC should have bought INVICTA, built it up, got it to the acceptable level that they could really go 100% with it before integrating the UFC as a whole.