In a sign of the times where women are demanding equal rights with men, and in the name of Billie Jean King there is a female MMA fighter who wants to duke it out with a man.
The fight, if it will happens will be there first, however it is not taking place in the United States. The boxing promotion company Shooto Brazil has put together a card containing Emerson Falcao, a bantamweight fighter with a professional record of 0-1, versus Juliana Velasquez, a female MMA fighter, whose record is 0-0 and will be making her professional debut. The fight it scheduled to take place Friday night in Rio de Janeiro.
“Andre Pederneiras came up with the idea… He asked Team Nogueira for a female fighter and my team believes I’m ready, so I accepted the challenge. My expectations are the best. I’m well trained to get there and win. I’m used to training with man every day. I’m a professional judoka and I know the adrenaline of the competition, I know how to handle this.”
Now here is my take.
Given the fact that the both fighters are new to the game, it could possibly work, however there is reason to worry. First when it comes to physical combat, it is highly likely that the man is stronger than the woman. This could not be the case in some situations but generally, yes. So from the onset there is a problem, for the female fighter. I could never see such a thing happening here in the states; however you never know. A while back there was chatter that females wanted to play football with men, which again in my opinion is problematic.
The flip side of the coin is society’s view of seeing a woman being brutalized on national TV. What kind of message do we want to send to our children and the general public regarding equality in sports? If these ventures into men vs women fights, football and other violence sports, does take off, how far can it go? If you are a man, and a champion in your sport would you want to fight a woman? That being said, how much opportunity is there for women to grasp.
Chime in, Would you watch a man vs woman MMA match?
Greg B., is a financial professional and native Ohioan who is the writer here. I am an avid reader, coffee connoisseur and dog lover. Follow me on Twitter @love2edify.