Dana White once dismissively claimed that women would never fight in the UFC. He would cite a fight he once saw involving a completely overmatched female take a violent beating, and stated he never wanted to see that happen again.
No more than few years later, Ronda Rousey would be promoted to the UFC women’s bantamweight champion. And her first fight in the promotion, against Liz Carmouche, would not disappoint. The two fought a high paced grappling battle, with Rousey nearly being submitted, only to come back and win with her patented armbar.
And then the UFC announced a number one contender bout between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano. Nobody was quite sure how the fight would play out, and it ended up exceeding everyone’s expectations. The two went to war, with Zingano coming back in the third round to finish Tate with strikes. There would be no real loser in this fight, and women’s MMA was the biggest winner of all.
Fast forward a few months, and things are not as rosy as some might have expected. Not every fight has played out as a barn burner, with Julie Kedzie and Germaine de Randamie putting fans to sleep. Then, very recently, Jessica Andrade did to Rosi Sexton what Dana White had warned us about: Sexton endured a terrible beating that was entertaining for pretty much nobody.
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