Okay, so I know that my next piece was supposed to be the second part of “My Complete Disappointment….” Series, but to be honest, I just don’t have the heart for it. I mean there is only so many ways I can say that it is almost painful to watch WWE. I may pick back up and finish that piece at a later date, but I feel right now for my own sanity, I need to do some fun pieces.
Today, I am going to switch gears for a little bit and talk about something I haven’t talked about in a while, MMA. I have been working and focusing on Pro Wrestling so much that I almost let a couple of really important news stories in the world of MMA slip past me. Strikeforce announced that they are closing up shop in January of 2013. This is crazy news on its own, but the news coming out that one of the first people Dana White scooped up from the almost defunct company was Ronda Rousey. That is right Ronda Rousey became the first female fighter to be under the UFC brand. So, let me give you the break down on how I feel about both of these stories.
The closing of Strikeforce both saddens me and excites me. Let me explain why; for a few years now, Strikeforce has been the place to go for up and coming fighters, or the guys who have done something to get themselves kicked out of the UFC. Most of the ex UFCers are guys who did nothing wrong except going on a bit of a losing streak. They were still popular, just not as successful in the cage. So, when I heard that Strikeforce was going away at the beginning of next year, I was saddened and a little afraid for those guys. But after those emotions subsided a little glint of excitement start to hit me. I mean, think of the possibilities. The closure of Strikeforce opens the doors for guys that UFC loyalist may have never heard of. Guys like Josh Thomson, Mike Kyle and James Terry may and should be given the opportunity to show their talents on MMA’s biggest stage.
As I mentioned earlier, Ronda Rousey became the first woman to join the UFC roster. This flies in the face of past comments by the UFC President Dana White (see video below). This just goes to show that if enough money is up for stake, Dana will go against anything he says. The moment Strikeforce decided to close, Dana was announcing that women will definitely fight in the UFC and he was hiring Rousey. She will not be alone in the UFC. Soon after the announcement that Rousey was becoming part of the UFC roster Mischa Tate posted on her Twitter that she too is joining the UFC roster. This is explosive news for anyone who is a true fan of MMA. Women can make for just as exciting fights as men. (See examples below)
The idea of women in the UFC has kind of sparked a little controversy in the Cripple’s household. Should women who fight be made to fight men as well? We are not talking about going out of their weight class or fighting guys who are way bigger than them, but having them fight guys who are in the same weight class and have to meet the same standards. I personally say no, but everyone else in my house says absolutely. What do you think?
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