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WMMA promotion 101

I’ve grappled a little bit with how WMMA is sometimes marketed. On one hand, I love the skill and athleticism on display and consider women’s fighting to be on par with men’s in terms of excitement and quickly climbing to the same level skill wise. On the other, these ladies be giving me mega-boners all over the hizzy. I like it when the chicks show up to the weigh-ins in string bikinis … perhaps a little too much. At the same time, the fact that they’re wearing LESS than the Octagon girls makes me wonder if maybe we’re putting too many of the baser interests in WMMA at the forefront.

Wherever that battle between legitimacy and sexiness ends up (hopefully at Sexy Legitimacy), I’m sure it will be in a healthier place than Japan, where Rin Nakai is helping Pancrase promote their events by soaping up in a bikini, working a medicine ball dressed as a dominatrix, and [insert suggestive act] in [insert sexy outfit]. Adding into the strangeness that Japan touches everything with, Rin doesn’t exactly line up with our narrow view of what sexy is all about. In that way, perhaps you could even argue that her stretching and spreading is empowering. Feminism!

  • CAP

    Um. What?
    I’ll give that 2 limp dicks.
    And this will not help legitimize WMMA.

  • Doogie Howser, M.D.

    There is no skill on display, Rousey apart. Women’s fighting is certainly not on par with men’s in terms of excitement, strength or skill.

    I watched UFC 159 with some friends who, although they have been UFC/MMA fans for years, had never been subjected to watching women fight. They were horrified at the McMann/Opponent fight, both at the lack of skill & strength on display, the finish which McMann earned by patting her opponent on the face a few times with no power or damage being inflicted and the general low level of everything, quite apart from the general nature of watching women fighting in a cage.

    They requested that any future women’s MMA be skipped past so we didn’t have to endure it any longer. I could not argue.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ I tolerated you until now because I kept expecting you to be funny. my bad. the Mcmann/Gaff finish was EXACTLY the same as the Hughes/Penn 2 finish and the Nelson/Kimbo finish. by your logic that would not only mean that Matt Hughes and Roy Nelson lack both skill and strength but also would be a negative indictment against men’s MMA as a whole.

    Sara McMann would slam you, me and every other person that regularly visits this board through the bottom of the octagon and then bash our teeth out through the back of our face.

    So now I’m just going to assume that the 3 women’s fights in the UFC are the only 3 women’s fights you have ever seen and ignore everything you ever say from here on out.

  • kwagnuth

    ^ Yeah what he said you ignorant fuck.

  • Doogie Howser, M.D.

    Ooh, you’re angry monkeys. Who’s an angry monkey? You are. Yes you are.

    Why on earth would you care what I or anyone else says on the internet about anything? It’s not as if my opinion matters about anything … just the same as everyone else’s here. I’m not that bothered about what you think of me. I bet you’d love me in person.

    I genuinely doubt a little woman could slam me through anything – I’m 6’2″ and weigh around 250 and I spent a long time training in judo, BJJ and CSW in my time.

  • agentsmith

    By “CSW” I presume you mean Commission on the Status of Women.