When Will Women Beat on Women in the UFC Octagon? Dana White Says 'Never'

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​No sport in the past half-century has grabbed public attention as quickly and intensely as mixed-martial arts. And Dana White and his league, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), have been at the forefront from the beginning. Fight after fight, the pay-per-view dollars come pouring in, and someone ends up face-down in a pool of blood. Or something close to it.

And men will go on beating the hell out of other men, according to White; that's what has made him his millions. But women smacking up other women--not in his ring. At least, that's what he told TMZ.com early this morning.

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Gina Carano: who wouldn't want to see her in the octagon?!
While leaving a club, bar or late-night workout, when posed the question, White told one of the many paparazzi trailing him out the door that women would "never" fight in the UFC. White followed the response with a chuckle, so that may not be an iron-trap rejection, but it doesn't bode well for the future of female MMA. 

​A few women star in an opposing league, Strikeforce, but the league, as well as every other MMA-entertainment entity, fails to rival the success of UFC. Gina Carano is one of the biggest female names in MMA, though she recently lost her title to Cris "Cyborg" Santos. 

In a 2008 Forbes.com story about the UFC's founders, the estimation was made that the league is worth nearly $1 billion.

Sure, the men's action is faster and more gruesome, but would it really sway any viewers from watching a few women--some of whom appear equally as fierce as their male counterparts--do their thing in the octagon? We think not. 

How long before White changes his mind?
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Guest
Guest

I don't understand how the the UFC can be recognized as a business in the United States. It's discrimination which the military realized long ago. If Dana White cannot act like an equal employment employer then he should not be allowed to conduct business in the United States. And you people who said women sports are not as good as men sports are ridiculous. Men dive in many sports including soccer, basketball, and football (punters/kickers/ quarterbacks) but what sport do women dive in? Usually none. Women have a better work ethic and our fights would be equally great as men if we had the resources for MMA available to men. Without women being recognized in the UFC, we will never get the same training. Women fighting is currently sometimes sloppy, not sizing up the opponent, etc., but some bellator fighters actually have talent. And women fights start much faster than mens' fights.

Spitfirerider26
Spitfirerider26

Womens MMA is on the rocks right now but it will be big someday. I train 5 days a week with about 9 different guys ranging from 125 to 230 so I don't want to hear about how there's no technique or women can't compete with men in anything. Come into my gym and recognize and then talk shit. I bet all of you pussys who call yourself men wouldn't last 5 seconds with me. My gym is off of thompson and emerson in indianapolis indiana. See you there bitches.

Carlthersem
Carlthersem

There are some pretty tough women out there who I am sure could put on a good show. I have watched some very good fights in female boxing,judo etc so why not?

Jeremy Lester
Jeremy Lester

Why would Dana add a women's division? No one wants to see it. There are, what, three in the world that are semi talented? The two best women fought (Gina and Cyborg) and it looked like two third grade boys fighting. NO ONE wants to see it. Period. Women's MMA is a joke.

JoeCanada
JoeCanada

Dana won't change his mind. He signs fighters because they attract crowds, & sell tickets. Women fighting won't sell tickets until they are at the technical skill level that the current UFC fighters are at.

BarackObama
BarackObama

Cris Cyborg is a great fighter and if there were more women fighting at her caliber they would be in UFC. Female fights are usually nonstop action and fun to watch, though usually not very "technical". I hope that one day the sport gets big enough to see some serious female fighters.

skipp
skipp

Women sports are a joke. I imagine women pro fighters are even more of a joke. This attitude of " women can do anything men can do" is just nonsense!

How many women can compete on par with men in any sport? Even Golf, which takes very little physical effort, is dominated by the man.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Hey "skipp" (AKA Misogynist Troll): Yeah, we gals should simply limit our physical activity to dancing provocatively, climbing stripper polls and getting in catfights with other gals over drunk losers. Go back to your cave and bang some rocks together!

Rnodley79
Rnodley79

Love this! Im 124 5'2" & could climb & beat the smack out of a man faster than he could say his own name!...Ive done it! IBJJF.

Wcgossett
Wcgossett

So what you're saying is, you've never seen it and are talking out of your ass?

Fred
Fred

Pfftt,all women's sport is a watered down version, sure they think its valid but lets face it, its nowhere as entertaining - unless they are in their underwear. If it was as good it would already be getting the audience. Move on nothing to wee here

Stacymaak
Stacymaak

You're right! I get pissed off just watching chicks fight....and I'm a chick! I hate to say it, but chicks won;t bring in half the money these other guys do.

Ckspidey
Ckspidey

Horrible article. You got your info from TMZ? If you google "Dana White Women MMA", you would see he has been asked that question many times. You would also learn that Dana White isn't considering a women's division in the UFC because there are only a few legitimate fighters. Quick. Name ten women MMA fighters. How about five?

Dana White has more respect for MMA and women by just throwing a couple of fighters into the octagon from time to time when it looks like he can make a quick buck on the entertainment (Strikeforce?) and turning the UFC into a dog and pony show.

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