Before I proceed, I just want to say that this article is mainly to spark a dialogue; It's not my intention to offend anyone. I was thinking earlier- why separate men and women in MMA (and by extension, really ALL sports)? I'm well aware of the fact that men are superior athletes to women, mainly because of testosterone; it makes us more muscular, it keeps us leaner. But objectively, why should that matter? And for the sake of argument, let's exclude talk of societal antipathy towards seeing women getting hit- let's try to discuss this topic solely using our reason and intellect.
MMA is supposed to be the most basic 1 on 1 athletic contest- the sport of fighting. And we watch fights to see who is the best, right? Then shouldn't it be open to everyone? I understand the need for weight divisions, and I think that they should be in place. If men and women alike fought under the same rules, then we wouldn't have to debate the merits of Women's MMA, and discuss how woefully underpaid and under appreciated such talented fighters they are.
We live in an age where women supposedly want equality- they want to be paid equally, to own property, to vote... I mean, the list goes on. But then they also still expect men to hold doors open for them and buy them drinks, and they feel entitled to their own separate sports, their own separate bathrooms, their own separate clothing stores. I say that it has to stop.
Sports are a rough business, especially fight sport. If female fighters expect to be paid the same kind of money as men, want to fight in the UFC like men, and think they deserve the same kind of respect that male fighters do, then I say they should fight the men. The women that are skilled enough to hang with the elite of their division (men and women alike) should be welcome to fight in the UFC.
Because really, why should I take WMMA seriously if they aren't fighting the best competition? If they aren't truly capable FIGHTERS? Why should they be paid equally, given equal respect, and given equal attention in the sport's leading promotion?
I'll leave you with this- a video of Lucia Rijker (a woman that MANY consider to be the best female striker of all time) fighting a fairly anonymous male Thai Boxer by the name of Somchai Jaidee.