Another year into the mainstreaming of mixed martial arts, and another women's division will be added to the sport's premier promotion. Having already built superstars in the women's bantamweight and strawweight divisions, the UFC now will crown an inaugural champion for the women's featherweight division. However, whomever the winner, they may just be a placeholder to face the elephant in the division, Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino.
Of the inaugural title contenders, Holly Holm is already a star in the sport, having dethroned the previously invincible Ronda Rousey. Fast forward a year since that head kick heard around the world, and now it's Holm who is reeling from consecutive losses, while a relative unknown stands in her way of being one of the few fighters to win a belt in two weight classes. The trajectories for the main event are mixed, and while the UFC has already gambled on Holm's stardom, Germaine de Randamie is fully capable of playing spoiler.
But before we get to the title fight in depth, let's first examine a pair of middleweight matchups. These two pairings have very different style dynamics, and yet each could affect the title contender picture in that volatile division in 2017. Here's how the fighters match up in performance metrics, and our best bets based on current odds.