The Female MMA Debacle

Jen AnianoSenior Analyst IMay 26, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  MMA Superstar Gina Carano is seen during the Workout/Media Day with Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano at the Legends Mixed Martial Arts Training Center on September 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

I know most of the chauvinistic male fight fans out there believe women not making weight for high profile fights is inexcusable.  And I believe under most circumstances it is; however, look at the situation from a different perspective.

If you are a female figther you have to fight at 135 lbs if you want to get on good fight cards on pay-per-view.  How many male fighters are forced to fight in one weight class to be recognized?

So, some would argue the solution is simple:  Create more weight classes.  Do real fight fans out there not believe other weight classes would have been created if the solution were that simple?

There are many problems with creating multiple weight classes. First and foremost women's MMA does not have enough exposure to make multiple weight classes worth creating. 

There could be talented female fighters out there yet to be discovered but promoters do not want to risk making multiple female wieght classes that are two or three people deep. 

The truth is Carano and Cyborg are too big for 135 and People like Tara Larosa should be given bigger opportunities at 125.

So what should the future hold for women's MMA?  I say, with the canceling of Smack Girl in Japan, start paying women more money and get Japanese women to America.

If female fighting developed the international fighting community male fighting has developed fight fans could see good female fights at two or three different weights.

Female MMA needs a big organization, like the WEC,to take a chance and bring more of the international community together.  Someone out there needs to start paying women more money to fight in the USA and offer two female fights at different weights.  One fight on the under-card and one on the Pay-Per-View.

Until then, women are going to continue to embarrass themselves by not making weight or having to fight at a weight far too heavy for their body type.

I myself am one of those women's who is going to have to sit tight, buckle up and enjoy the ride until a big promoter and a big organization takes a chance on women smaller than 135. And I cannot wait to see where the next couple of years takes me and women's MMA.