Multiple promotions will be expanding into the female divisions and signing more talent in 2014. With the announcement of the World Series of Fighting adding multiple women’s divisions a few weeks ago (so much in fact that they dedicated a portion of their site to them), and organizations like XFC, UFC, and LegacyFC signing female talent to long term deals, there won’t be a lack of opportunities. The impact can also be seen worldwide as Cage Warriors is signing European WMMA talent, and multiple Australian and Asian promotions are adding female bouts on their cards on a regular basis.
Caught up in the mix is InvictaFC, who seems to be a victim of their own success. Although they have been out of the loop for a bit, they are looking to expand to 8-10 shows next year.
Although being signed to a promotion as a pro is something a lot of fighters strive for, it could be a mixed blessing. Being active has been a problem, with promotions only carrying a certain amount of slots per card for so many fighters. Many promotions sign fighters to exclusive deals, so fighters could be fighting only once or twice a year. This was a big problem with Bellator’s contracts. Both XFC and Invicta expressed they will be doing near monthly cards to make sure more women have more opportunities to fight. WSOF may also be expanding their cards in 2014.
A solid benefit is exposure to a wide audience. XFC (AXS TV), and WSOF (NBC Sports Net) have tv deals; and Invicta, with its huge internet stream presence, has a possible tv deal in the works. The exposure means more sponsors and a bigger fan base.
With the current opportunities, we can expect a lot of amateur talent to turn pro in 2014. Demand for ammy fighters will increase as well, so those wanting to jump into MMA will have plenty of opportunities to fight next year as well.
If you always dreamed about being the next female MMA star and haven’t started training MMA, now is a great time to start.