After watching the video of Strike Force’s Chris “Cyborg” Santos’ latest win, I wonder, is 2010 going to be the breakout year for women’s MMA? We have watched Gina Carano rise to become one of the most recognized female fighters and then lose the title fight to Cyborg in 2009. There are more women kick boxers/Muay Thai fighters learning how to do jiu jitsu so they can compete in MMA so I ask you – Is 2010 going to be the year of women’s MMA?
In this post I will talk about if this is the year women’s MMA is going to take off. I will talk a bit about the perception of women’s MMA in general and the required skill sets. Here is an overview of women’s MMA created in mid-2009.
So let tackle the question on many people’s minds… what do you think of women fighting in general? Many men past puberty (before puberty women were as strong as men) think that since they are generally bigger and stronger – they are better fighters! So why watch women fighting (I mean if you are looking for good fighters)?
I think the perception that women are sugar and spice and everything nice and did not fight, was one that many girls and boys grew up with – I know I did. But in today’s society and with woman’s liberation, women today face the same challenges that men used to and many have to face them alone! Here is a video of a reporter vs a woman for context.
So what I am trying to say whatever prejudices you might have grown up with – the paradigm has shifted and today there are some really great women fighters! Women fighters that could hold there own with most men!
Sorry for the tangent but I wanted to get that off of my chest. Getting back on track for this topic, I believe that 2010 might just be the break-out year for women’s MMA! Think about this; in the old days when boxing reigned supreme, you would not have thought women’s boxing matches were as good as men’s boxing matches! I think that is because while boxing is a good form of fighting, it does to some degree depend on physical strength to pull it off.
I feel the same about women’s wrestling – physical strength is as important as learning the move. But with MMA (kick boxing, muay thai, jiu jitsu) moves, technique, flexibility, conditioning are as important as strength!!!
What I am trying to say is for women to get good at MMA, they have to master the requisite skill set that includes; jiu jitsu, punching, and kicking. Additionally some transition skills would help women out (like judo). Here is a video demonstrating how women can apply jiu jitsu moves to other women and stronger men.
The jiu jitsu makes a lot of sense for women because if they are taken to the ground – they will have an idea of what they can do in a real self-defense situation! Here is a girls muay thai training class in Belgium.
I still do not think there is any substitute for boxing training for one to have good inside hands although muay thai certainly does have some devastating knees and elbows thrown from the inside.
There is not anything quite the outside karate hands and kicks in modern MMA today. Sure I’ve seen some fighters that do use some karate techniques (Lyoto Machida and Cung Le) but they are in the minority.
So the answer to the question, is 2010 going to be the year of women’s MMA will depend on the caliber of the competition. It would be hard to take off with just a few great women fighters. According to Astrid Binanic of the Examiner here, 2010 should be an exciting year of women’s MMA. It is possible the FSC might take on a woman’s flyweight division. If that happens it would give a huge boost to women’s MMA.
I look forward to great things for women’s MMA in 2010. Here is a Women’s MMA Submission Roundup video to close this post.