Ronda Rousey's Near Nip Slip Demands Dress Code for Female UFC Fighters

McKinley NobleCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2013

Just a few more inches, and the UFC women's champion would've had some whole new problems. (Photo Credit: Esther Lin via MMA Fighting)
Just a few more inches, and the UFC women's champion would've had some whole new problems. (Photo Credit: Esther Lin via MMA Fighting)

Throughout the thrilling one-round title fight between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche, there were two moments that nearly shocked the world.

First, there was Carmouche's amazing neck crank submission.

Tightly wrapping her legs around Rousey's back and hanging on for dear life, the challenger was a few inches away from finishing the champion on her feet.

But the second moment was happening a few inches south of the action.

Struggling to maintain her composure, Rousey nearly lost the match and control of her UFC-emblazoned sports bra, as her left breast nearly came loose in the struggle.

Another inch or two the wrong way, and MMA fans could've seen Rousey's nipple or worse.

Well, "worse" depending on whom you ask.

Even Rousey herself noted the danger that she was in, describing the incident to MMA journalist Ariel Helwani on Fuel TV's UFC 157 post-fight show:

I was thinking about my bra, actually. I kept thinking, "I didn't order this one myself," so they gave me my weigh in bra for the fight. If you look back, I was adjusting myself at one point while she was on my back. Multitasking!

I felt fine with her on my back. I was thinking more about keeping my sports bra up while she was trying to choke me. I felt very safe and in control even though it didn't look like that.

But at the end of the day, it highlights one thing that many female fighters might need if they're going to continue battling on the biggest stage in the sport—a dress code.

This is the second time that Rousey has nearly exposed herself in the middle of a professional MMA bout, infamously losing control of her extremely short shorts in a barnburner against former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate.

And wardrobe malfunctions in women's MMA aren't that uncommon to begin with, either.

Before UFC 157, Invicta FC 4 had a small parade of ring attire issues due to a nip slip from Leslie Smith, in addition to Alexis Davis' thong popping out of her shorts.

Luckily, Rousey's incident happened on a pay-per-view broadcast, where the unrated content can slide.

(And most likely, less mature MMA fans will tune in for the hope of more fanservice.)

But if female fighters are going to avoid accidents like this in the future, especially if they're ever on a television card, they either need to cover up more conservatively or the UFC needs to introduce a dress code.

Heck, male fighters have a dress code, so why not?

Maybe Invicta FC champion Carla Esparzaa model example of conservative fighting attire (via Esther Lin)—can give Rousey some tips. After all, it's pretty hard to have your breasts popping out of your ring gear when you're cutting down on the cleavage.


McKinley Noble is an MMA conspiracy theorist and FightFans Radio writer. His work has appeared in GamePro, Macworld and PC World. Talk with him on Twitter.