When the words “girl fight” were uttered years ago the image of two women pulling each others’ hair while scratching at each other typically surfaced followed by a “meow” and cat-claw motion. Nowadays a far different picture comes to mind thanks to fighters like those on last night’s Invicta FC 2 lineup.

The chief argument against the UFC featuring female fighters has always had to do with the lack of overall depth making it difficult to create legitimate titles/divisions. While that may remain true, the small number of flyweights on the organization’s roster hasn’t prevented the company from creating a flyweight field, and there are certainly as many elite women at a handful of weights as there are 125-pounders.

As such, Invicta FC 2 should have served as a wakeup call to the Zuffa brass who have thus far shrugged off the notion of women competing with regularity in the UFC (or Strikeforce for the most part). The card was lined with talent from top to bottom and resulted in a show many fans felt was superior in comparison to much of what the UFC has offered in 2012. There were competitive clashes, finishes galore, and appearances from top level athletes with skill sets as deep as any of their male counterparts’.

The arena was also electric and the online traffic was such that it forced Invicta FC to purchase additional bandwidth to support the demand. The response via social networking sites like Facebook/Twitter, as well as in major online forums, was also very positive. Those things go to show there’s a market for female fighting in general rather than just Ronda Rousey, Gina Carano, Miesha Tate, or Cristiane Santos.

If the UFC made a push for it they could sign the bulk of female talent on the market by the start of 2013 and start marketing 1-2 bouts per show involving womanly warriors. By the end of the year they probably could even boast 2-3 divisional belts worth their salt. The additional exposure for the fairer sex would then open the floodgates for up-and-coming fighters who might otherwise not realize a worthwhile outlet for their passion/ability exists.

It’s not softball compared to baseball, nor the WNBA to the NBA. Women fight with the same heart, tenacity, and technique as men. They will never exhibit the power of heavyweights but they leave fans on the edge of their seats if not standing more often than not. The time is now.

Read below for Invicta FC 2 results preceded by an example of Women’s MMA goodness between headliners Shayna Baszler-Sara McMann:

Liz McCarthy def. Jessica Philippus via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Jocelyn Lybarger def. Cheryl Chan via Unanimous Decision
Jessamyn Duke def. Suzie Montero via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Raquel Pennington def. Sarah Moras via Unanimous Decision
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc def. Angelica Chavez via Unanimous Decision
Carla Esparza def. Sarah Schneider via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Julia Budd def. Elina Nilsson via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Barb Honchak def. Bethany Marshall via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Sarah D’Alelio def. Vanessa Porto via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Amanda Nunes def. Raquel Pa’aluhi via Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Ayaka Hamasaki def. Lacey Schuckman via Submission Round 3 (Armbar)
Liz Carmouche def. Kaitlin Young via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Alexis Davis def. Hitomi Akano via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Sara McMann def. Shayna Baszler via Unanimous Decision