EA Sports has announced that it will be following the UFC's lead in allowing female fighters to compete, by adding select female fighters to its upcoming EA Sports UFC.
i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end youApril 13th was another historic night for women’s mixed martial arts. In only the second women’s fight in the history of what is arguably considered the premier MMA promotion in the world, Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate fought for the right to become one of the first two women to coach a group of male and female fighters on the upcoming season of the UFC’s reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. In addition to the coaching assignment, the winner would get to face the other TUF coach, champion Ronda Rousey, for the women’s 135 pound belt.
SupergirlyThis 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.
Today in Ladies Who Can Beat You Up: The UFC Starts a Female Division, Hires Its First Openly Gay Fighter
SupergirlyYou 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.