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Ronda Rousey, right, won her UFC debut this weekend. (PHOTO: Jeff Gross)

Women's UFC fight a disgrace


It was one heck of a weekend for women in sports as two major sporting events saw history-making performances by women.

In the Daytona 500 Danica Patrick became the first woman to start the race in the pole position and the first woman to ever lead a lap in the biggest race NASCAR has all year. She ran a great race and finished eighth.

In the UFC, Ronda Rousey beat Liz Carmouche in a bantamweight bout at UFC 157 In Anaheim, Calif.

Kevin Iole, who is a Mixed Martial Arts expert reporter for Yahoo! Sports, wrote the following about the match: "This was a moment comparable to the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. That match squashed the outdated notion that women were somehow a weaker sex and couldn't compete with men."

He continued with "King-Riggs was an exhibition though; Rousey-Carmouche was very much the real deal. They proved that women could compete on a show featuring men and still be the star attractions. Too often, women's sports are given secondary roles."

He has got to be kidding. The King-Riggs match was a seminal moment for women tennis players. After it was over, major tournaments increased prize money and now the payouts are equal across the genders.

The UFC thing is a transparent gimmick. Forget for a moment that MMA is a gruesome display of unbridled violence egged on by a crowd of rabid bloodlusters. It is a sport (and I use that term loosely) where pandering is an advantage to building its popularity.

And the fight between Rousey and Carmouche is pandering to our basest beliefs.

Think about it: Put two women in scanty clothes into a locked room (the octagon), let them take off after each other and and roll around on the ground, legs locked together and sweat dripping off each of them. Sound like some kind of porn? Of course, and it plays into the fantasy of lots and lots of men.

It almost makes you wonder what else they can do. Will UFC stage a bout between Rousey and a man who is in her weight class? It would be ten times more absurd than the King-Riggs match.

As difficult as it may be to believe, there are sports that are good for women to play and some that, if they are going to play, ought to just be against women.

I love women playing tennis, golf, skiing, skating, gymnastics soccer and even softball. Those sports, when played by women, retain the essence of the sport, regardless of gender.

But there are sports that women play where the game is drastically different than the men's game. And the difference is because of the difference between the sexes. Basketball and hockey come to mind, as well as boxing, wrestling and baseball.

Women's groups have long been active in fighting the exploitation of women. This UFC farce ought to be their next target. It is extreme exploitation.

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netmonster | March 13, 2013 at 2:41 a.m. (report)

It's hard to find the right words to describe how bad this article is. It's obvious the writer knows nothing about MMA or WMMA. First let me say I know from experience as a former competitor that female athletes have been competing with men in regional shows all over the country for many years. That is beginning to change with the sports growing popularity. Women are still competing with men in regional shows around the country just not as often. As far as WMMA pandering to our basest beliefs I can tell you I have never had a sexual, sinful, violent, or evil thought during an MMA, Muay Thai, or Boxing Match weather mens or women's. I find the notion ridiculous. I will certainly admit that I would rather see Ronda Rousey in the cage than Tim Silvia or Yodsankli than Cabbage Correira but, who wouldn't. The purpose of a competitors clothing is personal taste, comfort and ease of movement. I don't see an MMA, WMMA, Muay Thai or Boxing Match as violent. I see it as one on one competition between two well trained elite athletes. Then again perception is for the most part subjective. Though I hope the Rousey Carmouche bout will draw attention to WMMA bringing more fans to Invicta FC and making them more attractive to Showtime to replace the defunct Strikeforce. I do think the UFC is exploiting Ronda Rousey and has no intention of continuing a women's division of any kind Bantam wight or otherwise. However not for the same reason you apparently do. I think the sleazy UFC promotion is simply milking a cash cow in Rousey and using the premiss of a WMMA bantam weight division to do it. It sounds as if you simply believe women can't or shouldn't fight. I've got to say your entire article sounds to me like a pathetic rant from a closed minded sexist. You can't learn anything about anything you aren't open to. That being said this drivel never should have been written.

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animelover032000 | March 12, 2013 at 2:16 p.m. (report)

my very first article ive ever read from WWW.onmilwaukee.com I dont think i approve of a site that allows this kind of behavior.

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animelover032000 | March 10, 2013 at 10:18 p.m. (report)

sexist and offensive. dave begel writes about women and tries to disguise himself but all my friends hated his latest stunt the most and just had to get a word out. they are too lazy to make themselves heard so im going to do it for them. just watch what is said here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPIW9ndd6sM thats just the beginning. then read mr begel's article on female basketball and its just crazy... "men high five, and women just clap" wtf is that? he has a problem with the way women celebrate differently? then he complains about a "liver shot" being too brutal for humanity yet he LOVES boxing? a left hook to the body can be seen about 50 times during any given boxing match!!! but when its done in mma he says its appalling! he will say anything contradictory or just plain lie in order to make his point/stance against something he dont agree with. get this guy off the speaker before he gives OnMilwaukee (which ive never heard of so this is all i know of OnMilwauke is this sexist db). hes representing you in this way therefore thats what OnMilwaukee must bee about.

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Bob81 | March 10, 2013 at 8:43 p.m. (report)

"Think about it: Put two women in scanty clothes into a locked room (the octagon), let them take off after each other and and roll around on the ground, legs locked together and sweat dripping off each of them. Sound like some kind of porn? Of course, and it plays into the fantasy of lots and lots of men." This is one of those comments that tells far more about the author than about the topic. Apparently Mr. Bengal can't even fathom that a man might be interested in watching a woman compete in fighting sports at a high level. It also brings to mind the troglodyte homophobes in high school that called the wrestlers "gay"since they "just wanted to get sweaty and roll around on a mat with other dudes". Mr. Begel, while your sensibilities might be stuck in the 1950's, the rest of the world has moved on.

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critterman | March 10, 2013 at 12:06 p.m. (report)

You are a disgrace. I don't know why they would let you write this hateful nonsense here anyway. This looks like it should have been posted on the westboro babtist church website. You make me sick, and I hope they never let you write an article on this site again.

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