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Men vs Women in the army

EQUALITY!

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.

  • Reverend Clint

    it makes sense that we would train women against men since i bet woman on woman combat rarely happens, especially in trashcanistan

  • Blackula Jonez

    Might not seem fair but it does make sense. If anything they should have the females fighting open weight seeing as they won’t get a chance to ask for an enemy combatant what weight class they are in prior to a scuffle.

  • frickshun

    Enemy insurgent: “American lady person, what do you weigh?”
    US Female Soldier: “140 lbs.”
    Enemy insurgent: “It is settled then. You will fight my 13 year old son as he weighs just around 130 camel dungs. Or as you Americans call it….pounds.”

  • drunkenjunk

    Yeah, I had to go up against a chick in this grappling tournament we had on our post. The whole match was kinda awkward. I felt guilty as fuck at first and I accidently grabbed her tits a couple times. You really don’t win in these situations b/c when you win everybody looks at you like you’re a piece of shit for trying to snap some stupid bitches arm who thinks you’re equals.

  • CAP

    ^Hermes is that you?

  • G Funk

    Dat white chick is going to town on dat sista!

  • raizor

    I think the one in red is a dude.

  • iamphoenix

    How convenient, there’s a combatives tournament in April and I won’t be here for that. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    This is awesome!

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