So far, WMMA in the UFC has proven to be positive after their debut last month. For former Strikeforce women’s champion Sarah Kaufman, she had no doubt that females could deliver a must-see fight.
In 2010, while Kaufman was champion, she wasn’t placed on the main card in favor of male fights. On that show, she knocked out Roxie Modafferi in the third round with the show peaking at 254,000 viewers. The main event, witnessed a double digit drop in viewers.
“The best thing is, both then and now, the people have spoken,” said Kaufman to MMA Fighting. “I knew a couple years ago with Strikeforce that if we had the opportunity to show the people what we could do, then the people would back us up. The numbers spoke for themselves that night in Strikeforce and they did again at UFC 157.”
Early estimates have UFC 157, which was headlined with Ronda Rousey successfully defending her bantamweight championship with another first round armbar over Liz Carmouche, garnering over 400,000 viewers.
Kaufman returns to action on April 5 for the fifth installment of Invicta FC against Leslie Smith. After that fight, she will join the UFC as she is one of the 10 or so names that the promotion recently signed to a contract.