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03-23-2011, 12:39 PM
Status: The I.Q. Poster
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Greater Toronto Area.
I have two issues with Womens' MMA:
1) There aren't enough well rounded female fighers and more often than not there is too great of a disparity between the fighter's skillset and one is often completely out of their depth in at least one specific discipline and in turn, women's fights look very much like the opening round of some of the early UFC tournment matches, where you had a killer vs. some jabroni and it's just not fun to watch. Cyborg vs. Hitomi Akano and Finney are prime examples and while I've seen some awesome women's fights over the years, I take issue with the depth of fighters and their ability to consistently provide a competitive field of challengers. I'll always remember Cyborg/Carano as the fight that most resembled two drunked babies and I remember being stunned that it was the main event, because there was just such a marked drop off in talent between the two. Not to say this doesn't happen in men's fights, but more often than not, I've seen alot of it in women's MMA.
2) For MMA to progress further and attain greater mainstream acceptance, women getting bloody and beaten, even against other women, is going to turn alot of people off and I'm not too sure there's enough upside in offering largestage women's fights that'll get a good share of the MMA audience to really risk offending or turning people off the product. The beatdown Jan Finney took really made me queezy, I wonder what mainstream journalists thought you know?
I dunno, maybe down the line, but I don't see the upside in highlighting women's MMA until they're ready to have a consistent stream of talent that isn't so disproportionate, and honestly, I don't even think Cyborg herself is that good, rather everybody else is just that less good.
MY MMA RANKINGS
HW Velasquez Cigano Werdum Cormier Bigfoot Barnett Mir Browne
LHW Jones Machida Evans Hendo Davis Goose Teixeira Shogun Mousasi Bader
MW ASilva Rockhold Belfort Weidman Jacare Okami Kennedy Consta Belcher Boetsch
WW GSP Hendricks Condit MacDonald Diaz Maia Fitch Kampmann Ellenberger Pyle
LW Bendo Alvarez Maynard Melendez Thomson J.Miller Diaz Pettis Chandler Grant dos Anjos
FW Aldo Mendes Curran Lamas Frankie Zombie
BW Cruz Barao Fernandes Faber Moraes
03-23-2011, 08:21 PM
Status: The Geri Curl Warlord
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: with my parents of course
I won't lie, I get a bit of a rise watching toned females roll around with each other.... but their skill and dedication is commendable. The striking is starting to improve, I don't think most guys realize how hard it is for a female to throw punches like a man, it take a lot of training and a special mindset to do what they do with any degree of skill. Another thing that hurts women MMA are the smaller gyms who put these female fighters out there without really testing their heart. When a guy quits in MMA, it's not as big of a deal. When a women does it, it just gives more ammo to guys who don't think women have the heart to fight. An amateur women's league would be a great start. I think Bellator has the deepest women's divisions in MMA. I'm hoping for their success, I'll be cheering them on with my free hand
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"I don't call the fighting in my films 'violent', I call it 'action'. An action film borders between fantasy and reality. If I were to be completely realistic in my films, you would call me a violent, bloody man. I would simply destroy my opponent by tearing his guts out. I wouldn't do it so artistically." ~Bruce Lee
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