Ediane Gomes: 'To Be in the UFC, You Have to Show Your a--'

John HeinisSenior Analyst IJune 23, 2014

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Invicta FC women's featherweight contender Ediane Gomes is less than impressed with the overall talent level of her counterparts in the UFC and is even more critical of the way the company promotes some of these matchups. 

Gomes told Brazilian magazine Tatame that the UFC, for the most part, is more concerned with putting attractive women, as opposed to talented fighters, inside the Octagon (translation per MMA Fighting):  

The (female) fighters in the UFC are more worried about showing their a---s than actually fighting. MMA has become a new thing because of Ronda, but she’s actually one of the few real fighters. To be in the UFC, you have to show your a--. They should just put some strippers to brawl in there, it would be better.

I don’t see any fighter to beat her (Rousey). The only one that could give her some trouble is Amanda Nunes. Nobody else can take her title. She’s good in what she does. The others are terrible. A bunch of cans...Miesha is good, but she should stay as a model so she can make more money.

Gomes boasts a 10-2 record overall inside the cage, and, as it turns out, her only two losses came against Rousey and Nunes. 

The American Top Team product is set to meet Invicta FC women's featherweight titleholder Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino in a championship bout next month, but she stated in the same interview that she would cut to 135 if she had the opportunity to join the ranks of the UFC.

Nunes, who defeated Gomes via TKO in February 2010, has gone 4-2 since then and is ranked No. 8 in the UFC's official women's bantamweight rankings

She has been on the sidelines since scoring her second straight TKO inside the Octagon over Germaine de Randamie at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 in November.

Meanwhile, Rousey, the UFC champ, is 9-0 as a professional mixed martial artist (all finishes) and is going to make her third title defense in just over six months when she takes on Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on July 5.

In her first professional fight in March 2011, Rousey, a former Olympic bronze medalist in judo, submitted Gomes with her signature armbar in just 25 seconds. 

Finally, Tate is just 2-3 in her past five contests, though two of those losses came to Rousey, and the other was a debatable stoppage against Cat Zingano. 

Both Rousey and Tate cracked Maxim's "Hot 100" list this year, with Rowdy coming in at No. 42 and Cupcake cracking the list at No. 58. 

Is Gomes accurate in stating that the UFC women's bantamweight division is not as talent-rich as it could be, or does she come off as a bitter outsider looking in?


John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com