It’s no secret that Dana White has a stance that some would call anti-woman. And if he doesn’t feel like that is his stance, well I’m sure there are many who will disagree. As an African American male who comes from a lineage of people who have been denied opportunities and a fair shake historically, I don’t see why in this day and age that we still are arguing about women competing in the UFC.
I’m sure there is a business side to it and a long-term approach to the whole thing that I’m not aware of as I don’t sit at that table with the big shots at Zuffa, but since I don’t…. well…. I’m not writing from that perspective then now am I?
I’m writing from the perspective of the person who has sat at the sports bar, has trained in the dojo, has bought a ticket and sat in the stands and hears the cries and pleas for women to grace the UFC stage.
And guess what?
I KNOW JUST THE TWO WOMEN TO DO IT.
Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey.
I need not tell you who Gina Carano is. She oozes sexiness, media dollars and has a following that some of UFC top names also share. In a room of fighters, there is certainly no shortage of cameras in her face. And I’m sure that many of us would love to see her in the Octagon in the UFC. Gina has good hands, a decent grappling game and would be perfect for a UFC debut, especially coming off of the marketing hype of her starring role in Haywire.
Okay, now let’s talk about the REAL DEAL when it comes to female MMA. (sidenote: no disrespect Cyborg, but your pedigree doesn’t even come close).
My Olympic teammate Ronda Rousey IS THE BEST female fighter that the MMA world has seen. No doubt, she is still a little green and she’s still learning but she loves the sport and in the next 6 to 9 months she’s going to be pretty much unstoppable. I mean, anybody can get “caught” but Ronda’s grappling, groundwork and overall professionalism is unparalleled.
I would love to run down her resume but we don’t have all day. I’ll just say this: 2007 Silver Medalist at the World Judo Championships, 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2-Time Olympian and multiple time National Judo Champion.
Ronda is beautiful, well-spoken, not camera shy and talks a little trash from time to time which is good for television.
There is NO better individual to start off the UFC Women’s Initiative than these two.
(soft hint here Mr. White: A 4 Women Tournament with Cyborg, Jan Finney, Carano, and Rousey would be a welcomed addition to the UFC).
Even Ronda wants Gina!
Mr. White, I’ve met you on several occasions. YOU ARE VERY VERY SMART. I have the highest respect for you as a business person, entrepreneur and an overall “get-it-done-guy.” And all I’m saying is this… YOU AND I KNOW THAT YOU CAN GET THIS DONE.
In the beginning stages I was not a big fan of the female fight game either, but the talent pool is growing and let’s be real brother… the talent pool on the men’s side wasn’t so hot UNTIL you spearheaded the growth of the sport and now we have a “Jon Jones.”
You can grow this sport in this direction. It’s the right thing to do. Not allowing women to fight is no different than not allowing “latinos” to fight. It’s NOT THE RIGHT thing to do. If its good enough for Strikeforce, its good enough for the UFC.
Do something that the NFL, NHL, and Boxing never could possibly do.
Create a real professional hard core outlet for women athletes.
And let 2 beautiful people do it for you.
Ronda Rousey Vs. Gina Carano.
The World Is Waiting…….. with their wallets open :-)