Ronda Rousey versus Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey versus Sarah Kaufman, Sarah Kaufman versus Alexis Davis, Sarah Kaufman vs. Marloes Coenen, Marloes Coenen vs. Liz Carmouche, Sarah Kaufman versus Roxanne Modafferi, Amanda Nunes Vs. Julia Budd, Meisha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie, Leslie Smith versus Kaitlin Young, Cristiane Santos vs. Gina Carano, and basically, every single bout at the Strikeforce Women’s Grand Prix or Invicta FC, to not make the list go on and on…
Think of every one of those fights and write down the first few words that come to mind, feel free to post them in the comment section below, and let me tell you what comes to my mind.
Exciting, amazing, skillful, heart, courage, determination, AWESOME! I can continue for days without end describing women’s MMA in one-word thoughts. On the flip side, in men’s MMA, ever so often the fans are treated to a sleep inducing dance between two guys that are supposed to be fighting each other instead of looking for a way not to get beat or not get hurt.
Talking to Rousey and Carmouche—both at separate moments sometime last year—I decided to ask them about the differences between men and women’s MMA and why boring fights are a rare feat in WMMA.
One could argue that testosterone has played a big part in deciding the outcome of many battles in MMA. Be it because it pushes a guy forward to engage in battle and put on an impressive show, be it because it creates an inflated sense of pride or ego thus making the subject act in a way not proportional to his skillset, or on the contraire, his expectations of grandeur betray his nerves and folds under pressure. How many times a guy like Jon Fitch has been accused of being a boring fighter versus how many times either of the main-eventers are UFC 157 have been accused of the sin? Rousey and Carmouche both seem to have a pretty good idea as to why.
“I think women, in general, we all have a chip on our shoulder, we all have something to prove. We all have something to prove and we all should be angry at the lack of respect we have received up to this point.
Also, I think women take things much more personally and a little bit more emotional when the fight which also makes it more interesting,” Rousey told The MMA Truth at the Rousey vs. Kaufman conference call last August.
Ronda also added that men sometimes do just enough to get a win but women can’t afford that because they are fighting for their very own survival in the sport.
The second half to this historical first women’s fight in UFC, Liz Carmouche, had a similar answer to our inquiry.
“I think it has a lot to do with women trying to show that they deserve to be there and we always feel like we have something to prove, so we work that much harder to put on a good show for the fans,” said Carmouche.
How much of a future does WMMA have inside the biggest stage in today’s MMA? How far will the ladies of the sport take this opportunity? How many more people will turn to the MMA creed because of these amazing athletes?
One thing is for sure, WMMA is not going anywhere but up!
And to all you WMMA warriors who enter the cage to entertain our mortal souls, thank you!
Who’s your favorite to win this Saturday? The “Rowdy” one, or the Girlrilla?