Two of the best -- and one of the most popular -- female fighters are currently competing outside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon.
UFC President Dana White hopes to change that as soon as possible.
The Las Vegas fight boss is currently trying to get a deal done with ex-pugilist Holly Holm, who has blown away the regional competition since her mixed martial arts (MMA) debut back in 2011. In addition, he's also trying to come to terms with former Strikeforce featherweight Gina Carano, who is as popular as ever, despite bolting for Hollywood in 2009.
And then we have Cristiane Justino.
"Obviously, we know all the issues we've had with ‘Cyborg,' from the steroid stuff to the managers, to we don't even have that weight class, so I don't even know when she would get into the UFC," White told the gang at UFC Tonight. "Holly Holm and Gina Carano are all a matter of getting a deal done. I used to say never. I don't say never anymore."
White and Co. have already met with all three ladies, but negotiations with Holm and Justino quickly soured. Representatives for "The Preacher's Daughter" gave the UFC brass sticker shock, while "Cyborg" put her career in the hands of ZUFFA enemy Tito Ortiz.
"Conviction," by contrast, left White feeling "awesome."
But until one or all of them come on board, the bantamweight division rolls on, as reigning 135-pound titleholder Ronda Rousey defends her strap against division top contender Alexis Davis at the UFC 175 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 5 in Las Vegas.
What will the women's division look like by the end of the year?
Time will tell.