MMA Arms Race, Incentives Surge For Top Female Fighters By-Boris-Ryaposov-Sutterstock-photo-credit-editorial-use

May 19, 2022,

The top female MMA fighters are few or plenty?

Well, it’s the old class half empty, half full theory.

It depends upon how thirsty you are and how much water is available.

Are you in the middle of the desert or at a Seattle hipster poolside party?

As we examine the current Female MMA scene, we say more top fighters are needed.

More patience to bring them along slowly, is desirable.

There appears to be an arm race going on in Female MMA and as the promotions increase, the ranks of the top fighters begin to thin out.

As an example, when we look at the recent PFL fight night, 22 year old sensation Abigail Montes earned a big fight against Olena Kolesnyk with a previously 3-0 record and lost.

After the victory, Ms. Olena Kolesnyk’s record lodged in at 6-4.

Was Abigail brought along too swiftly? Should she have contracted more fights which her camp was certain she could win to build her record up?

Now retired, Agnieszka Niedźwiedź appears to have done it right.

Agnieszka Niedźwiedź is a Polish former mixed martial artist who last competed in the Flyweight division in Invicta FC.

She fought for organizations like MMA Attack, Cage Warriors and Fighters Arena.

In 2017, the year of her last recorded fight to date, she was ranked #2 in the world in the women’s flyweight category.

On December 8, 2017, she faced Jennifer Maia for the Invicta FC flyweight title. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Ms. Niedźwiedź was offered a place on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), but declined, citing her appreciation of the high skill level in Invicta FC and her reluctance to be apart from her young son.

Her professional record ended at 10-1.

That was 5 years ago.

Today she could earn a massive pay day with that record.

Look at the MMA organizations now vying for top fighters.

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) is an American mixed martial arts league founded in 2018, following the acquisition and restructuring of the former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) promotion in 2017 by MMAX Investment Partners.

It is the first major MMA organization in which individual athletes compete in a regular season, post-season, and championship, rather than on a year-round basis.

Pallas Athena Women’s Fighting Championship (PAWFC) is the first professional all-women Mixed Martial Arts Corporation in Western Canada.

As reported by on January 19, 2022, “Unique platforms for women in MMA continue to grow and now Canadian athletes have their own space to battle for exposure and glory. Pallas Athena Women’s Fighting Championship- known as PAWFC- promoted their first event last Saturday on tribal land outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada, electing their first strawweight champion in the process.”

Now for another.

Invicta Fighting Championships, also known as Invicta FC, is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion dedicated to Women’s mixed martial arts that was founded in 2012 by Janet Martin and Shannon Knapp.

The promotion is currently owned by the Canadian-based Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

The company’s name comes from the Latin word for “invincible and incomparable”, which appears in the feminine form.

Then of course there is the leader of them all in the UFC.

As the arms race continues, look at what they are doing to motivate more top female MMA fighters to join their exclusive ranks and stay.


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Apr 07, 2022, 08:30 ET


Fan Voting will Decide Top Three Best Fighters from Each UFC Pay-Per-View

Bitcoin Bonuses Include US$30,000 for First Place, US$20,000 for Second Place, and US$10,000 for Third Place

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The new Fan Bonus of the Night will feature three bitcoin bonuses that will be awarded to the top three fighters appearing on each UFC Pay-Per-View as decided by fans voting from all over the world. The bitcoin payouts will range from US$30,000 for first place, US$20,000 for second place, and US$10,000 for third place.  The bonuses will be paid in bitcoin (BTC) based on the exchange rate in U.S. dollars.

The Fan Bonus of the Night will be in addition to the traditional Fight of the Night and Performance bonuses awarded to UFC athletes by UFC President Dana White following each UFC event.

The Fan Bonus of the Night will be introduced at UFC® 273: VOLKANOVSKI vs THE KOREAN ZOMBIE, which will take place this Saturday, April 9 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

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