Erin Blanchfield, a rising star in the world of MMA, is setting her sights on making history in the UFC. The talented flyweight contender is determined to surpass a record held by none other than Jon Jones himself, a feat that has remained untouched for over a decade.
Widely regarded as a championship-caliber prospect, Blanchfield has garnered attention and respect within the MMA community. Many believe that she possesses the potential to become a future champion in the UFC's flyweight division.
However, Blanchfield has her sights set on more than just capturing gold in her current weight class; she wants to emulate the legendary Jon Jones and claim a record that has stood strong since 2011.
Jones etched his name in the annals of UFC history when he became the youngest-ever champion at the tender age of 23. His stunning TKO victory over Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 secured his place in the record books, and to this day, no one has been able to surpass his remarkable achievement.
Recent developments in the women's bantamweight and featherweight divisions have created an exciting opportunity for contenders to vie for the vacant titles. Following Amanda Nunes' retirement after a dominant victory over Irene Aldana at UFC 289, the path to championship glory has opened up.
According to MMA journalist Aaron Bronsteter, Erin Blanchfield is making a strong case for herself as a contender for the vacant women's bantamweight championship. Currently ranked fourth in the UFC flyweight division, the 24-year-old prodigy has expressed her desire to become the youngest-ever female UFC champion:
"One candidate throwing her name in the hat for the vacant bantamweight title is Erin Blanchfield, I'm told. With a Grasso/Valentina bout expected to be next at flyweight, she is interested in facing Pena for the vacant title and becoming the youngest female UFC champion ever."
The current record for the youngest women's champion in the UFC is held by Rose Namajunas. Namajunas achieved this milestone at the age of 25 by defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk to claim the strawweight championship.
Erin Blanchfield's ambitious quest to surpass Jon Jones' long-standing record and etch her name in the history books of the UFC is a testament to her determination and unwavering belief in her abilities. As she continues her rise in the ranks of the flyweight division, the MMA world eagerly watches to see if Blanchfield can achieve her goal and become a trailblazer for future generations of fighters.