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Dana White talks WMMA

Here’s Dana White on Forbes Sports Money giving a bunch of boilerplate answers. But mixed in there’s this glimmer of hope for the future of Women’s MMA:

“There’s this big misconception out there about me that i don’t like women’s fighting and everything else. I have no problem with women’s fighting. The problem right now, it was a problem with boxing and it’s a problem with MMA right now is you don’t have enough women that are good enough to create an entire division. So what you get is you get a couple of women who are really good, and a lot of women who really aren’t. And I don’t like lopsided fights, especially with women. So as this sport continues to grow, if there are more and more women where you can actually create an entire division with a lot of talented women, I’m all about it.”

Hey, it’s better than the ‘Never’ he gave a few months back. What’s frustrating is there is a 135 pound division that’s deep enough, but because Strikeforce sucks at scouting and they’re still obsessed with the very shallow indeed Gina Carano division, this isn’t apparent. It’s this lame catch-22 we’re stuck in. They won’t do women’s fights because there’s not enough women, and there aren’t enough women because there aren’t enough women’s fights.

Fortunately, there’s a shitload of WMMA going on in the lower level local shows. I dunno if the sport will be able to draw more Ronda Rousey level olympic athletes without a system that will allow them to make more than 150 bucks a fight, but I’m hopeful that pissed off housewives and teenagers will come out of the woodwork and force the spotlight on WMMA so the UFC can’t ignore them.

  • FiveBoltMain

    There’s hope for the 135 div, but Cyborg is screwed.

  • frickshun

    All athletes start making no money. Yes, this side of the sport is embryonic & the money isn’t there. But that shouldn’t stop any women from pursuing it. I know if someone offered me a fight for peanuts but allowed me to continue to pursue the dream of being pro, I would jump on it.

  • agentsmith

    It’s funny how people complain that the UFC isn’t supporting WMMA, it’s going to die now that they own Strikeforce, etc… yet their 145-lb champ and #1 female fighter in the world has been riding the bench since last June.  The former 135-lb champ Sarah Kaufman hasn’t fought for them since October, and used to be relegated to the Challengers cards.  And Marloes Coenen’s last title defense wasn’t even on the fucking poster.

    So apart from milking Gina Carano for all her fat titties are worth, it’s not like Strikeforce has been doing a whole lot to promote WMMA in the first place.

  • matthewpolly

    “And I don’t like lopsided fights, especially with women.”

    Why “especially”? I’m about as un-P.C. as it gets, by what difference does it make if the fight is lopsided with men or women? Let’s face it, men’s MMA started in UFC 1 with a ton of lopsided fights. It took 5-10 years before enough men knew what they were doing (and were paid enough to be able to train full-time) to regularly book balanced matches. The UFC has the cash and marketing skill to set up a WMMA league and build it to the point that there are enough women for a division. And it would be a shitload less expensive than the $50 million Zuffa burned to turn the UFC into a juggernaut.

    Dana has softened his rhetoric, but he fundamentally has a negative visceral reaction to watching women fighting. The “especially” is the give away. Everything else is just excuses.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    He kept Tim Sylvia going against shitty comp for years when there were no fucking heavies, but won’t feed anyone to someone entertaining in Cyborg?

    Remember how Dana made the UFC a goal for athletic and aggressive young men with TUF?  Put them on a big stage so women at home can say “I can do that better than these little wimps!”

    Have you seen TUF lately?  About as good as any all-women card you can put together.  But at the end of a women’s season, they get a shot at cyborg, and she’ll bring the pain and rip it into pieces.

  • iamphoenix

    am i the only one who doesn’t care about women fighting? i don’t fucking care. if they fight they fight if they don’t then whatever…

  • Grappo

    phoenix up there, all not caring super-hard and shit

  • iamphoenix

    ja wam.

  • Slappy san

    If Dana wanted good divisions, he’d put money behind it and he’d have them.