Thursday, December 12, 2013

TUF 20: Girrrrrl Power - UFC Buys Invicta Fighters for TUF Season

For what it's worth, read the whole article HERE or from the Horse's mouth, the UFC.
"One month after signaling an interest to open a new UFC women’s division, the promotion has gone all in on strawweights.
UFC President Dana White today announced the promotion has acquired the contracts of 11 Invicta FC fighters, who will compete on the first all-women season of “The Ultimate Fighter” for the inaugural UFC strawweight title.
Filming for the show kicks off May 18 and features Carla Esparza (9-2), Alex Chambers (4-1), Claudia Gadelha (11-0), Felice Herrig (9-5), Bec Hyatt (5-3), Emily Kagan (3-1), Juliana Lima (6-1), Rose Namajunas (2-1), Tecia Torres (4-0), Paige VanZant (3-1) and Joanne Calderwood (8-0). A debut date for the first episode wasn’t immediately announced."

"Coaches for the show have not yet been determined. An additional five fighters will be selected for The Ultimate Fighter via a tryout set to be held in 2014."

The politically correct part of me should laud this as being awesome for women. As someone who isn't the biggest fan of the aesthetics of women's MMA, I don't really have a reaction.
It would appear that perhaps this weight class down will be the bigger/deeper one for women in mixed martial arts. From a viewer standpoint, I support any division with the merits and depth of being offered to make for a competitive division.

It's akin to Bellator's folding of their talent-thin divisions a couple years ago.
If there are fighters and the public demand for a division, by all means, hold contests.
If not, fold the division.

I am already reticent to watch much in the women's 135 lb division in that Ronda is already rematching a girl she absolutely arm-mangled a couple fights ago. Granted, the original opponent was injured, but Miesha was virtually the only other option as a result.

It's akin to Demetrious Johnson rematching Benavidez. Granted Benavidez has won several fights since then, and the first affair was relatively close. I like Demetrious Johnson, he mixes it up, he strikes, moves well, lands takedowns and that last minute armbar awhile ago was exciting. If he fought at that pace in another weight class, the tune from the casual fan would be different, but the bias against lighter fighters in the male side of the sport remains strong.
That being said, female fighters are often more hittable and frequently IMHO opinion have more evenly contested affairs. There are enough deficiencies in their skills to make for more entertaining scraps than you sometimes see in some of the more high profile fights like Rampage vs Machida et cetera.

Will I begin watching women's MMA because of this? No, I doubt it.
Am I entitled to make that choice as someone might prefer college basketball to the NBA or the NBA to the WNBA?

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