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3 Reasons Why Men vs Women MMA Fights Won’t Work

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The rumors that have been swirling about a Man vs. Woman fight at Shooto Brazil were recently squashed. However, there are three huge reasons why the idea shouldn’t have even crossed anyone’s mind, much less become a reality.

1.) The Physical Difference

For any true sporting event to occur, participants need to be able to compete on a level playing field. When it comes to men and women, the physical differences are just too great to allow this to happen.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the average height and weight of a woman over 20 years old is 63.8 inches and 166.2 pounds. The average height and weight of a man over 20 is 69.3 inches and 195.5 pounds. Clearly there is a big difference in how the average man and woman is physically built.

Now, one might argue, why not just put two equally sized fighters in and let them go at it. Unfortunately, that’s an oversimplification. Men and women are put together differently, plain and simple. Each gender carries its own physiological strengths and weaknesses, and trying to find a balanced playing field between them is next to impossible.

2.) Nobody Wins

Think about it, if the man wins the fight, he’d likely be showered with criticism. At best, his win would always have an asterisk next to it in many fans’ minds. If he were to lose, he’d be shamed by more than a few in the MMA community, which despite some progress in the past year, still holds a very traditionally macho-centric bias.

If the woman were to win, her victory would be tarnished by doubts that the man had taken it easy on her. In addition, as many female fighters have pointed out, it runs the risk of turning the women’s divisions into circus acts, just as they’re beginning to gain some traction in the MMA world.

While it doesn’t seem fair, a man vs woman fight is a lose-lose for both competitors.

3.) It’s Not Accepted In Any Contact Sport

Lastly, the same reason that we will never see a co-ed football league is the same reason that we should never see a man vs. woman MMA fight. If we must make a male dominant sport co-ed, why not start with a sport that is less physical in nature, such as tennis or soccer.

We are already seeing this initiative today, with athletes such as Danica Patrick in NASCAR, where her 5’2”, 100 pound stature does not come into play the way it would on a football field or in a boxing ring.

It should also be noted that Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, made headlines earlier this year when he said he would consider drafting Brittney Griner to the Dallas Mavericks. She is 6’8” and can dunk with ease.

Cuban told ESPN that he would draft her in the second round.

“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban said. “I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.”

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  • Mark Zima

    Your first reason is inadequately argued. You start out talking about average height and weight statistics which is completely irrelevant as fighting sports are by weight class. Then you offer no solid evidence for why such an adjustment would be inadequate. When you say: “Each gender carries its own physiological strengths and weaknesses” that is not a bad thing for a match-up. Women tend to have an easier time with flexibility, which is an advantage in mma. Its an advantage in jiu jitsu and an advantage in kicking (think of Tecia Torres’s ability to repeatedly ax-kick a taller opponent, Felice Herrig). Most female mma fighters train more with men than with other women. In the amateurs, women have wrestled against men and boxed against men. In judo, Ronda Rousey fought against men and mostly won.

    Do you remember the early UFC’s? Royce Gracie won over and over again against larger and heavier opponents. Surely weight matched mixed gender fights would not be as unbalanced as that.

    You may be right that there may be some criteria that would make mixed gender fights unbalanced, but you have failed to present any specifics to convince us that this is so.

    If there

    • Guest

      I don’t believe inadequate is the proper term. My point was that even if
      you put two 150 pound fighters, a male and a female, It’s still not
      even because the body makeup is still not the same. Women will be more
      top-heavy and wont have to worry about gentlia as much. Women train more
      with men because it makes them fight stronger against women. Like how
      batters in baseball swing bats with weights on em so that when they go
      up to bat it will be easier! As far as Ronda Rousey is concerned. Id let
      her beat me up too! And to your last comment refer to my 3rd sentence.

    • hollywoodhogan777

      I don’t believe inadequate is the proper term. My point was that even if
      you put in two 150 pound fighters, a male and a female, it’s still not
      even because their body makeup is still not the same. Women will be more
      top-heavy and wont have to worry about gentlia as much. Women train more
      with men because it makes them fight stronger against women. Like how
      batters in baseball swing bats with weights on em so that when they go
      up to bat it will be easier! As far as Ronda Rousey is concerned. Id let
      her beat me up too! Lastly, the reason why I haven’t “provided” you information on who is stronger between a man and a woman, pound for pound, is because there is no answer and that information doesnt exist. The real question is who is meaner. And how do you measure that?

    • HT ARCADE

      >>>Your first reason is inadequately argued. You start out talking about average height and weight statistics which is completely irrelevant as fighting sports are by weight class. Then you offer no solid evidence for why such an adjustment would be inadequate.<<>>When you say: “Each gender carries its own physiological strengths and weaknesses” that is not a bad thing for a match-up. Women tend to have an easier time with flexibility, which is an advantage in mma.<<>>Its an advantage in jiu jitsu and an advantage in kicking (think of Tecia Torres’s ability to repeatedly ax-kick a taller opponent, Felice Herrig).<<>>Most female mma fighters train more with men than with other women. In the amateurs, women have wrestled against men and boxed against men. In judo, Ronda Rousey fought against men and mostly won.<<>> remember the early UFC’s? Royce Gracie won over and over again against larger and heavier opponents. Surely weight matched mixed gender fights would not be as unbalanced as that.<<>€You may be right that there may be some criteria that would make mixed gender fights unbalanced, but you have failed to present any specifics to convince us that this is so.<<>>How much stronger are male athletes than female athletes pound for pound (that is, if both are lean and both weigh the same)? That would be useful information. But you haven’t provided it.<<<

      Well given that athletic teen boys…whom are still years away from fully developing can match and surpass the time of fully grown female athletes…the question has been awnsered already.

    • Jim Mason

      I’m all for it, so we can put the argument to bed. Quite simple it all comes down to one simple thing: testosterone. If you can’t understand that and need to see physical proof by watching a woman get ripped apart in a ring, then let’s go for it.

      Testosterone is, for all intents and purposes, like one man taking a steroid non-stop all the time and another man not. The guy on steroids will probably will any physical altercation all other things equal. That’s the difference between a man and a woman that will not be overcome naturally, unless it is overcome by the woman chemically.

      But hey let’s try, it certainly would sell a lot of tickets, that’s for sure.

  • hollywoodhogan777

    I don’t believe inadequate is the proper term. My point was that even if you put two 150 pound fighters, a male and a female, It’s still not even because the body makeup is still not the same. Women will be more top-heavy and wont have to worry about gentlia as much. Women train more with men because it makes them fight stronger against women. Like how batters in baseball swing bats with weights on em so that when they go up to bat it will be easier! As far as Ronda Rousey is concerned. Id let her beat me up too! And to your last comment refer to my 3rd sentence.

  • tout venant

    Let women fight vs Men of their level (size category, training etc). It is very important.
    One or two will win on occasion. 99% will be crushed.
    i don’t take pleasure in that, but it is important to witness that There are NO fighting equality between men and women.

    Holliwood tells us otherwise, PC tells us otherwise, but this bullshit will have to many people killed.

    Reallity check is important.
    In general, Olympic female athlete got the level of college kids. In facts, college kids beat regulary the crap out Olympic/world champion female. Google it.

    If the olympics weren’t sexually segregated, everybody wouldl know the name of the female champions. There would be 2-3 of them (in gymnastics mainly).

  • The Hipshooter

    Other comments below point out the fact that pound for pound men are much stronger, less likely to suffer a concussion (i.e. can take a punch better.) There are other physical difference as well, none that really favor women. However, for me it is the eye test. When I watch top men in bantam weight / feather weight classes and I compare them to the best in women in MMA the differences are glaring in terms of speed, explosiveness, etc. It is not even close. So it is fun to talk about, but I think the answer is pretty obvious for those who have eyes to see.

  • Nun Ya

    Hmm and yet we think women in combat is cool. This shows how truly stupid we are.