MMA World Series of Fighting LogoWomen fighting mixed martial arts grew out of a grass roots beginning from the early days of Hook-N-Shoot and is now featured in the biggest MMA promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Female fights were prominently featured in the now defunct EliteXC and Strikeforce.  Bellator MMA features female fights along with a wide range of regional promotions.

Invicta FC showcases all-female fight cards and is the biggest women’s specific fight promotion in the U.S.

Now, World Series of Fighting plans to create a women’s division sometime in the future.

“Eventually that is going to happen,” said WSOF president Ray Sefo recently.

The hold-up for WSOF featuring female fights is the lack of available female talent not already signed to other organizations.

“My biggest thing is we don’t have enough women talent that’s available to start a division.  Invicta has signed a lot of women and they have a great women’s division.  The UFC has women’s fights now as well, so at some point that is going to happen for us,” said Sefo. “But obviously it’s better for us to acquire a little bit more talent and look at creating a division.”

It has been a long road for females to gain acceptance by the MMA fan base, but they now headline fight cards and Ronda Rousey was recently named a coach of the next season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series.

WSOF will be the next fight promotion for women to arrive.

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