Mark Grassman wrote:
This will have to do in a pinch.
115: Lena Ovchynnikova
No, just no. She is 8-0, but her opponent's combined records, no bullshit, is 0-9. She's like a slightly better Kim Couture. She's fought six girls who were 0-0 (one of them twice), and one who was 0-1. She has the most inflated record in all of WMMA.
I understand why you feel this way, but I think you are missing one or two considerations here.
Lena is Ukrainian. I invite anyone to try being a woman in a largely smile and corrupt country, that has one of the worst abuse and women's rights records known to mankind, and which gets worse by the day.
Lena has overcome odds to become a fighter that most women would never be able to handle, especially in a country like that where its practically dangerous for your health just to be female.
And, coming from a country like that, is it not very difficult, almost impossible, to get recognized and to receive more prominent fights and matches against well known fighters? Its a promotional and regional problem. Not her skill or record. I understand your point, but this has nothing to do with her. It's just corrupted politics and regional favoritism. She has no contest in her current league because she's obviously far more skilled than her current lineup of competitors, and needs bigger shots.
Now, if she gets some more prominent or notable fights, and then she starts losing consistently, I'll certainly put my foot in my mouth. But pound for pound, she has shown exemplary skill so far and has trained very hard to be where she is. I guess when she hopefully hits the bigger promotions, we'll see what she's really made of.