Aleksandra Albu Signing: 5 Fighters the UFC Should Have Signed Instead
The UFC world is abuzz over the signing of female fighter Aleksandra Albu, but it may not be for the right reasons. Not much is known about the Russian striker, but the buzz about her happens to come from her incredible physique and overall beauty.
While some have complimented the move by the UFC for various reasons, others have questioned the move. B/R's own Nathan McCarter even explored why this was a good move by the UFC, which shows a great counter to those who are unaware of her skills.
Whatever the case may be, there are other women who are more qualified to be with the UFC and its bantamweight division.
Here are five ladies the UFC could have sprung for instead.
Lauren Murphy (formerly Lauren Taylor) has to be one of the top female bantamweights not currently with the UFC. This can be seen in her tenure with Invicta FC, where she has launched her stock through the roof.
Coming into 2013, Murphy was 4-0, but hadn't competed since 2011. In January, she took a fight with Legacy Fighting Championship against Jennifer Scott, where she dismantled her opponent with great elbows from top position.
She then came to Invicta and dominated Kaitlin Young on late notice. Then, in her last outing, Murphy took a convincing decision over Sarah D'Alelio, a top talent with the company.
Murphy has good wrestling and ground-and-pound, which is the reason she is currently unbeaten. The Alaska native owns five wins via TKO, which shows her ability to finish fights in fun fashion.
At this point, Invicta's bantamweight division stands to develop fighters for the UFC. The rest of the divisions have more staying power.
Her MMA career is young and she is still putting everything together, but Holly Holm is one of the top prospects in possibly all of MMA.
The Greg Jackson product is a world champion in boxing, which would make you think her four knockout wins came with her fist—funny thing is, only one of those knockouts is with her hands and the others came with her feet.
She beat Christina Domke with leg kicks, Jan Finney with a kick to the body and Allanna Jones with a nasty head kick that is in the running for Knockout of the Year.
Right now, she has a fight scheduled with Nikki Knudsen, who stepped up on late notice for Erica Paes (only woman to ever beat Cris "Cyborg" Justino).
Once her contract is up with Legacy Fighting Championship, she should make the move over to the UFC to see if she can continue knocking everyone out.
Aleksandra Albu was possibly signed because the UFC is looking to get stars for a future show in Russia, but if that was the case, there may have been a better candidate in Milana Dudieva.
Dudieva is just 24 years old and holds an impressive 8-2 record. Of those eight wins, seven are finishes, including three armlocks, a bulldog choke and a doctor's stoppage.
She even holds a win over UFC vet Sheila Gaff. She does have another fight with UFC vet Jessica Andrade, but she was submitted via guillotine choke.
If she can get another win or two, it would be hard to imagine her not getting a shot, especially since the UFC is trying to sign Russian talent. She has the ability to become a staple of the UFC women's bantamweight division.
"The Queen of Mean" Miriam Nakamoto may be one of the most feared strikers in MMA behind Cris "Cyborg" Justino. Her Muay Thai base has allowed her to dominate the competition thus far in her career.
Her clinch game is unbelievable, as are her knees and elbows. Both of her wins over Elizabeth Phillips and Duda Yankovich came as a result of her unleashing a violent set of knees.
Even her no contest against Jessamyn Duke was ended with knees. If she had decided to use punches after dropping Duke instead of throwing an errant knee, Nakamoto would be 3-0.
She is 37 years old, so time is ticking. She is still showing signs that she can go in the cage, so the time to sign her up is now.
Sarah D'Alelio always brings the fight when she comes to the cage and she has great experience against top-level talent. She is a veteran of Strikeforce and Invicta, where she has put on some dynamite fights.
She is a great submission fighter, but needs to tighten up her submission defense similarly. That being said, she has been tapped out by Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler, meaning she hasn't been getting submitted by scrubs.
She owns a win over UFC fighter Amanda Nunes, as well as former title challenger Vanessa Porto and TUF participant Colleen Schneider. She obviously has the chops to stick with talented fighters, so she gets a chance in the near future to prove her worth.