Ben Fowlkes wrote a behind the scenes breakdown of last weekend’s Invicta FC and it includes a few of the unique things you have to do when promoting women’s fights:
“You think Dana White does this stuff?” Knapp says as she unstacks the black plastic buckets and puts a small white towel inside each one. At the edge of the long table is the line of First Response pregnancy tests in rectangular pink boxes. “Unsurpassed accuracy,” it says on the boxes. Two tests to a box, fourteen boxes, one for each pair of fighters. The idea is for them to walk in the locker room, take one, pee on a stick, and make sure we aren’t kicking each other in the fetus out there tonight. There’s another thing Dana White doesn’t have to worry about on fight night.
The thing that baffled me the most about the latter was, why do them now? Why not during pre-fight medicals, or at the weigh-ins? If a fighter pops positive for baby on fight night, there’s no time to find a replacement. The fight would simply be off, all because of one pink line on one supermarket pregnancy test. It all seemed a little last-minute, which, as Strikeforce fighter and Invicta commentator Julie Kedzie explains later, is kind of the point.
“Even if you were pregnant all week, it might not show up on the test until today,” Kedzie says as she sits in a chair backstage two hours before fight time, having her hair and makeup done in Knapp’s “office,” which is really a grim little bunker of a room with bad lighting and a shortage of electrical outlets.
Does she know of any fighters who found out they were pregnant via a fight night pregnancy test, I ask. Oh yes, Kedzie says. She knows of a few. What’s really crazy is not that they had no idea they were pregnant, but that they successfully made weight with all that happening inside them.
Sometimes they even end up fighting! Like in the case of Cindy Dandois, who fought in and won an MMA match while two months pregnant. So it’s a good thing Invicta is taking its parasite testing so seriously.