While you’ll probably have to wait a few years for Ronda Rousey and Bryan Caraway to fight, the army already has unisex ass kicking in their MMA combatives program:
Elaborately staged cage fights — including some pitting women against men — started in 2008, in part because commanders realized they helped with recruiting.
In the most recent cage-fighting competition, more than 300 men and 25 women — up from five last year — competed over four days in February at Ft. Hood in Texas.
One woman made it to the finals. But at least three female fighters were carried out on stretchers. Others limped to a green canvas tent that served as a first-aid station. One fighter burst into tears, upset that a referee had halted her fight before she felt beaten.
Unlike participants in Army boxing matches, cage fighters wear open-fingered gloves with thin padding and no headgear. They mostly fight barefoot, wearing camouflage fatigues or T-shirts.
Most of the women fight in the lightest weight classes: bantamweight and flyweight. To help balance the odds, they are allowed to outweigh men in the same class by 10 pounds.
From the sound of the article, it doesn’t end up well for a lot of the women fighting in these tournaments. One gets choked, several get stretchered out, and one ends up in the hospital. But as far as the army is concerned, it’s better getting your ass kicked by your fellow soldiers now than being murdered by the Taliban later. Winning or losing is the window dressing here, it’s really all about being prepared for the kind of life and death situations you may find yourself in overseas.