Let us be perfectly clear, we have warriors in our society. Men and women who bravely step into the cage, onto the battlefield, and into roles to be critical in many organizations. The UFC is no different having women grace the octagon and clearly demonstrate the abilities in the cage at a very high level.
This year alone in 2020 we saw at UFC 248 not only the fight of the year, but maybe the decade. Joanna Jedrzejczyk competed against Weili Zhang for the title and they didn’t disappoint, they delivered on such a scale that fighters all over the world were praising the bout. There are trailblazers in the sport competing for the next generation of warriors. As a global organization the UFC gives heroes from all over the world a chance to be the best fighter on the planet. It is the induction of women into the sport in November of 2012 when the UFC signed Rhonda Rousey as it’s first female fighter.
Since then the roster has grown to over 100 female fighters in 4 divisions. The increase in women in MMA has brought about the increase in female competitors to sports like wrestling, jujitsu, and other disciplines of mixed martial arts. As a commentator and analyst the breakdown of women’s mixed martial arts fights get the same scrutiny and respect as their male counterparts.
The level of competition has increased so much that there isn’t a huge disparity in competition as you might see in other sports like Basketball or not even inclusion into sports like American Football. As the sport progresses there will be more competitors, possibly more weight divisions, and more coverage for female fighters. As a young woman reading this article or parent being asked if the sport is too rough for your daughters, ask yourself if you want warriors in society? Are there situations in life that women can benefit from the discipline and training you get in the cage?
Your daughters, sisters, spouses, and parents are fierce. They have a role in the societal make up of the world and we in the MMA community have embraced women with open arms into the gyms, cages, rings, and mats. Embrace your loved one and let her find her way in the sport, let her get knocked down and have the courage to stand back up on her own to find out what she is made of. Wounds heals, bones mend, and the courage you get from the sport will never leave you.