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What Separates Women’s MMA From Other Female Sports?

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It’s been a long time coming, and women’s Mixed Martial Arts is finally in the big show. The UFC is doing a fantastic job of marketing female MMA and building stars like Ronda Rousey, who appeal to both men and women alike. I suppose now is the time for the question, will it stick?

Women have competed in all sorts of professional sports for decades in America. Basketball has the WNBA. There are female boxing divisions. The LPGA has become the longest standing women’s sports league. Just about every sport has a women’s division, but none of these divisions are treated with the same respect or legitimacy as their male counterpart. There are many theories and reasons behind this, including a propensity toward male competition due to gender roles, or a simple lack of appreciation for the technical side of sports.

Men in this day and age are much more open to the idea of women competing on the same stage. Will women’s MMA power through the ground floor to be viewed as a legitimate enterprise? Or will it fail in the same places other women’s sports have? I believe the twenty-first century audience is ready for this. I think culture has shifted to such a degree, that women can be treated equally by every audience, and can create their own selling power without the tacky use of sex appeal. It goes without saying, that the talent in women’s MMA cannot be denied. We have olympic judo and wrestling practitioners for crying out loud. The only thing lacking in the women’s division is depth, and depth tends to increase with pay. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get these women paid!

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Adam Brennan
Coming from a family of fighters, and growing up on the jiujitsu mats of half a dozen MMA schools in Orange County and Los Angeles, Adam Brennan is a well informed member of the rapidly growing Mixed Martial Art community. As a competitor in the sport, he is very opinionated and vocal about both the flaws surrounding it and it's positive impacts on the martial arts community. Adam's love for the sport drives him to advocate solutions to issues and promote the successes. Dreaming of a career as a fighter, Adam spends his days as working two jobs and training hard every night at Kings MMA in Huntington Beach. Being a huge advocate of better athlete pay and a fighter union, he will stop at nothing to do his part to help bring the sport to the next level.