It’s rare that an MMA fighter’s face makes it into any sports publication, but as the spearhead of a new movement within the fight world, Ronda Rousey is all over the place. It’s odd to talk about Women’s MMA, or WMMA as “new” considering how long it’s been around, but main stream acceptance has been hard to come by for these ladies, and continues to be a struggle leading up to what should be its first major title bout.
Tag: Womens MMA
Women fighters have a tendency to fly under the radar when it comes to MMA. The progression level of women’s fighting is steadily improving with companies like Invitca FC and Strikeforce, allowing women to headline their cards. This can only mean one thing. That it is here to stay and it can only get bigger and better.
The inevitable super fight is every fans dream, but it always has some road blocks or obstacles along the way. You would think pitting two men or two women against each other would be as easy as picking names out of a hat and sticking them together in a cage to let them duel it out, wrong! There are so many factors to setting up these fights that sometimes, it doesn’t even happen at all.
With the talk of what could possibly happen to the women’s division in Strikeforce due to what looks like Strikeforce’s eventual closing, its left everyone wondering if it would mean the end of WMMA in North America with the exception of the occasional fight from Bellator. Enter Invicta FC, where former Strikeforce matchmaker Shannon Knapp decided that an all-female promotion could be exactly what is needed to keep WMMA alive and well.
This Saturday, Invicta Fighting Championships will hold its debut show in Kansas City, KS. The card features accomplished women, such as, former 135-pound Strikeforce champion, Marloes Coenen, as well as, former title challenger Liz Carmouche.
WMMA pioneer Gina Carano was the first real face of the female side of mixed martial arts. Gina stormed the MMA world with her wicked good looks, charisma, and not to be overlooked her amazing fighting skill. Gina has been in the news a lot here the last couple of weeks, but not because of her in exploits inside the cage.
It’s been debated at great lengths that the popularity or dare I say the lack of overall popularity of women’s MMA is due to the fact that they haven’t yet had that defining fight that captures the world’s imagination. WMMA has its stars and faces to better market and promote the sport and they have done a magnificent job and they wouldn’t be where it’s at now without standout performers and personalities like Gina Carano and Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos.
Yes, Santa Clause is coming to town tonight and don’t let those bah humbug types tell ya differently. We caught up with the jolly one just days before the busy day to talk shop and of course who’s been naughty and nice. Try as we did, MMA Valor landed on the side of nice and before we let Santa return to the North Pole we had a few things to add to his list.