Originally Posted by W.Silva>C.Norris
If attempting to insult and attack me personally makes you feel a little bit better about your own shortcomings, feel free to keep it coming. I like helping the less fortunate.
I don't know if I'd actually be comfortable with women and men competing against each other, but I completely understand what you're getting at.
1. People who jump on the "it's a man beating a woman" thing clearly haven't played sports, especially combat sports. There is an element of violence in it, but it's not a one sided beating and there's a way to compete safely; men and women spare together all the time. And I say this as someone who would still be uncomfortable with the notion, which leads me to:
2. It's a philosophical exercise about where one draws the line of equality and I totally get it. Rousey is actually a fantastic example: She would be a top contender in the men's 135 division. So, is it sexist to throw women into the mix with men, given biological realities (especially those of muscle density)? Or is it sexist to tell Rousey that there is no way she will ever compete with a man, ever be given a chance to prove she is absolutely the best at 135?
They're not easy questions and I respect your willingness to talk about them in a polite way.
In the end, my view is that we'll be ruled by the averages. With there being real differences in biology and real differences between the average female and male fighter, there's too much reason to keep WMMA and MMA. But I'm glad that, unlike many other sports, fighting allows for women to compete on the same cards and with the same viewership as men. That's a pretty big deal, really.