The argument for depth in women’s MMA was not bolstered one iota when 61-year-old Sue Hemenway climbed into the cage against 20-something Shelly Hartwell at Michigan Battle League at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Mich. over the weekend.
This wasn’t a longtime veteran of the cage in the twilight of her career like the female equivalent of a Dan Severn. This was a 61-year-old woman making her MMA debut!
To her credit, the 5’4″ 115-pound Hemenway came out ready to go toe-to-toe. But Hartwell obviously respects her elders and promptly double-legged granny to the canvas where she tapped her out in a matter of seconds.
Interestingly enough, the Michigan Battle League’s Facebook page reads:
“Professionalism” Thats what we thrive to bring. Not just to our fighters, but to the fans as well. Our shows will set us apart from the others purely on that word. “Professionalism”
Well, if the professionalism doesn’t set them apart, Granny MMA surely will! See for yourself…
What do you think readers, is this promotion (and athletic commission) crazy for letting this take place or should they be applauded for not discriminating against the elderly?