The controversial man vs. woman fight that was announced earlier this week apparently won’t happen afterall.
The fight was announced for Shooto Brazil 45 on Dec. 20, but apparently it was all a sham.
Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Confederation member Osiris Maia, who oversaw the weigh-ins on Thursday, told MMA Fighting that the fight won’t happen and that it is not real.
Maia said: “We can’t do something like that. (The promoter) can ask everything, even a MMA fight with three guys against one, but we obviously won’t allow it. … There’s no way a man should fight a woman. This is being done only to show the society the importance of ‘Lei Maria da Penha.’ You can’t have a man beating a woman in a sport, so it shouldn’t happen anywhere. That’s what they want to show.”
The match-up was apparently drawn-up professional wrestling-style, designed to draw attention to Brazil’s “Lei Maria da Penha,” a law to protect women from violence.
Emerson Falcao was scheduled to fight Juliana Velasquez at the show. As recent as today, the two were playing up the fighting storyline. They weighed in for the fight. Falcao is reportedly injured, however, and was noticeably limping at the weigh-in.
Falcao said: “I was hired to fight, and I’m going there to fight. My job is to train and fight. This is the first of the many man vs. woman fights that will come in the future. You’ll see. This is going to be huge. We’re here to shock the world.
Velasquez reportedly also said: “We’re going to fight. We’re professionals, and we’ll fight tomorrow.”
The rumors of the fight sparked international headlines, raising questions about whether it would be appropriate for a man to fight a woman in an MMA event.
Maia said: “There’s no way a man should fight a woman. This is being done only to show the society the importance of ‘Lei Maria da Penha’. You can’t have a man beating a woman in a sport, so it shouldn’t happen anywhere. That’s what they want to show.”