Critics undermine all female Ultimate Fighters

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For many, the thought of an all female fighter show was something to baulk at. But what is worse is how the media has handled the first all female season.

Women do not fight any better or worse, they fight differently. Most female fighters are harder to submit because their center of gravity is lower and they are more flexible. It takes a lot to get female fighters to tap out, most win in points or knock out, as seen with Ronda Rousey’s first fight.

Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship, has defended his choice to have an all girl season by informing the public that most of the fighters came from Invicta, one of the top female fighting organizations in the world. The women are talented and they have trained as hard as any man who competes for UFC.

However, none of those facts matter to the UFC or critics who have sexualized and complained about the new strawweight competitors, saying no one would be interested in an all female cast on the reality show.

These women were talented enough to be chosen for the show and have a new weight class created so they could fight in fair competition but they are apparently not so talented they make people forget they are women.

White shouldn’t have to defend his right to spotlight the “fairer sex” for something other than their looks. Besides with names like “The Karate Hottie”, “Cupcake”, “Venezuelan Vixen”, and “The Warrior Princess” no one seems to be able to separate talent from gender.

Even White could not help but capitalize on sex appeal, as seen on the UFC advertisement at the Women’s MMA website and it is shameful.

Instead of sexualizing these women or being upset they are not feminine while they take part in a physically grueling and painful competition, people should focus on their strength, their competitive spirit and the pure commitment it takes to be counted among the top 20 fighters of their weight class.