Google Womens MMA, go ahead, I have time… Did you notice something? The first three hits are the 12 Hottest Women in MMA, the 20 Hottest Women in MMA, and the 50 Hottest Women in MMA. Now, I’m not complaining that there are attractive Women in the realm of Mixed Martial Arts, but my question to you is, is that fair to womens MMA?
Let’s take a moment to look at a few of the biggest names in Womens MMA today. First, we’ll talk about one of the most widely recognized names, Gina Carano. She started her fighting career in Muay Thai where she boasts an impressive 12-1-1 record. She was handed a personal invitation to fight with World Extreme Fighting which first drew her into MMA where she went on to grab a record of 7 wins 1 loss. Yes, she has since retired and moved on to the more lucrative pastures of Hollywood, but her record and her fighting abilities are quite impressive.
Following hot on Carano’s heels is a Woman by the name of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Known as the smack talking armbar queen, Rousey first caught the attention of martial artists everywhere when, at the age of 17, she became the youngest Judo practitioner ever to qualify for the Olympic games. In 2008 she became the first American to win a medal in Judo at the Olympic games in Beijing, China, She has Won Gold at the Brimingham World Cup, took silver at the 2007 World Judo Championships, and brought home the bronze from the 2007 Pan Am Games. She entered the MMA world and came out swinging and now her record stands at 5 wins, no losses. One of her more notable fights happened recently when she decided to take on the Strikeforce Bantamweight Champ Miesha Tate. She won by armbar in the first round.
Miesha Tate is no slouch either. She too has an impressive MMA record standing at 12 wins and 3 losses. She is currently ranked #3 on in the womens top 135 pound division according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings. She pulled her way up the MMA ladder facing names like Elaina Maxwell, Sarah Kaufman, and of course, Marloes Coenen.
Three of the bigger names in Womens MMA, all showing their skills, all proving they have what it takes. Are these women attractive? Yes. Is it ok to pointout that fact? Sure. I just believe they deserve respect as athletes first. They put themselves through the same training as the men. They take the same hits and get the same bumps and bruises. Often they have bigger obstacles to climb and less opportunity to get to the top.
To test my hypothesis I also Googled Men in MMA. The results, not even close. Having a pretty face and a nice figure doesn’t hurt when you’re walking down a career path that has you on television and keeps you as a constant figure in the public eye, but these girls have fought hard to acquire the skills that have made them champions.
Maybe next time you’re talking about Carano, Tate, or Rousey you’ll think twice. And instead of saying, “She’s hot and I love to watch her fight,” you might change it up a bit and say, “That girl can fight, and she’s attractive to boot.”
In my next entry we’ll get into the world of Dana White and his thoughts on Women in MMA. We’ll also go over my recent interview with Shannon Knapp, former Strikeforce promoter and current president of Invicta Fighting Championships.
Written by: Jay Emmitt Caudill
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