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UFC should have at least one female fight on each card

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According to a Feb. 3 report from FOX Sports, Jessica Eye is still set to fight Alexis Davis at UFC 170, even after it was revealed that the Ohio native tested positive for a blood-thinning medication in her pre-fight drug screening administered before her UFC 166 bout against Sara Kaufman.

It would have been devastating to the WMMA community had the fight been scrapped, especially since several other top female 135-pound contenders have been sidelined in recent months for a variety of reasons.

No. 3-ranked Cat Zingano is still recovering from surgery on her left knee and also mourning the tragic loss of her husband Mauricio, who passed away just last month.

No. 6-ranked Julianna Pena also went down with a knee injury that could keep her out of action for up to two years.

It's clear that the WMMA community is facing its toughest period since the explosion of the female side of the sport in 2012, but the UFC could do its part to keep it building by featuring at least one female bout on each fight card.

The UFC was doing a great job building up women's MMA last year, by featuring several talented female fighters on TUF 18 while also regularly giving fights to up-and-coming brawlers such as Jessamyn Duke and Liz Carmouche.

However, it seems the promotion has dropped the ball a bit in the early part of 2014. The UFC has held four events so far this year, and none of the fight cards featured a single female bout.

The UFC's fifth fight card of 2014 goes down on Feb. 15 in Brazil, and once again is void of a female bout.

It won't be until Feb. 22 that the UFC will have its first female bouts of the year, as Ronda Rousey fights Sarah McMann in the UFC 170 headliner, and Eye battles Davis in a preliminary card scrap.

After that, the UFC goes another two events before featuring a female fight, as Raquel Pennington battles Jessica Andrade at UFC 171.

With two of the top 10 female bantamweights sidelined for the indefinite future, the UFC could have been using this time to give opportunities to the likes of Shayna Baszler, Sarah Kaufman and Jessica Rakoczy.

According to an Oct. 17, 2013 report from MMA Mania, women's fights drew more viewers than their male counterparts on TUF 18, proving that UFC fans are more than willing to accept women inside the Octagon.

With that said, why not feature some of the female standouts from TUF 18, rather than preliminary cards filled with male fighters that most UFC fans aren't familiar with?

Should the UFC have at least one female fight on each card? Let us know in the comments or tweet the author, @EricHolden.

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