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Liz Carmouche

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Here’s How the UFC’s First Female MMA Fight Went, and Why It’s Been a Long Time Coming

This weekend wasn’t just the Oscars, it was also the first Ultimate Fighting Championship bout to feature two signed female MMA fighters. We’ve reported a bit on the progress of women in the mixed martial arts community to get the kind of billing their male peers get, but last week long-time MMA fan AshleyRose Sullivan offered to cover the fight for us and explain its milestone status.

On February 23rd, as Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche entered the ring at the sold-out The Honda Center in Anaheim, California, for UFC 157, Joe Rogan announced (over the sound of thousands of screaming fans) that, “This is a gigantic cultural moment!” He was right.

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Today in Ladies Who Can Beat You Up: The UFC Starts a Female Division, Hires Its First Openly Gay Fighter

You might not be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA. That’s fair. But even if watching people beat the crap out of each other on Pay-Per-View isn’t of particular interest to you, this bit of news is still pretty cool: UFC, the world’s biggest MMA promotion company, has created its first female division. And crowed its first female champion. And signed its first openly gay fighter, also a woman.

Heck yes. Butt-kicking ladies, coming through.

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