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Friday, August 12, 2011

Why women belong in MMA, or at least why a fan thinks so!

 What's the problem, fellas? Seriously, it's about time we opened up about the "fairer sex" wanting to play in our sport. Well, I can' really say it's our sport, but a proverbial sausage fest could use a dash of estrogen. I'll let you add the "high testosterone, failed testing" joke now.. Done it? Good, let's continue.

The main reason we don't see women on UFC cards isn't due to the "no-chicks" attitude many believe Zuffa to have. I remember reading somewhere that the head honcho mentioned (just paraphrasing) "There aren't enough good female fighters to justify a women's division.". This statement sounds more realistic than just not wanting women around, except for holding round cards in skimpy outfits.

 Now, why does this fan feel women belong in any Mixed Martial Arts promotion? Simple: I have yet to see a boring female fight! I'm sure YouTube has a few uploaded, and I may have seen a couple that seemed to drag, but I know that the ones I have seen were awesome to watch. Marloes Coenen and Liz Carmouche put on a damn good show! Cris Cyborg is always exciting to watch. Sarah Kaufman and Miesha Tate never let the fans down with their performance. I'm sure even the top female talent (the ones mentioned here) would say whether they had a good fight or not, heck most of the guys do that. How often do you hear a top male fighter mention not being on top of his game? Depending on the guy, more often than any female fighter does.

 Bottom line, the fights that stand out for me are the lighter classes (featherweight, bantamweight), and the female competitors. Why these? Simple (as I always say):

  1. Both show insane pace and endurance, even if inevitably one of the fighters will gas.
  2. Many of the females who fight have intensive wrestling, which works quite well when you need to control your opponent.
  3. Very rare in either case the ref will stand the fighters, I have yet to see a female fighter use the "Lay & Pray" tactic to win a fight. Takedowns have elbows and ground & pound following (see any fight Liz Carmouche is in!).
Maybe the words of one fan won't help the case for the ladies who put in the same work guys do, but at least someone puts it out there. It does seem, to me at least, that everyone dances around the thought of women fighting the best in the world on PPV under the UFC banner. The women we have right now are paving the way for the ones who are unsure, maybe slightly curious women who are motivated by the fact that girls are kicking ass. I do hope in, let's say 10 months, we do see more women step up. I want to see StrikeForce stay a separate entity, and pull in as many tough, well-rounded women who want to make a statement. The ones I've mentioned have done so already, they need more than one fan to notice..  

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