This past Saturday night on the Ultimate Fighter I watched a lot of great MMA action but the one fight that stood out to me was Cat Zingano versus Miesha Tate. I honestly have not got into a match in quite a long time. I am not making this statement because it was two women. This statement is being made because I saw two competitors go at it until the match ended. I saw aggression and it was the type of an aggression I haven’t see in a long time by two MMA fighters. Cat Zingano won the match the way she won was absolutely vicious. I have seen quite a few female fights in Strikeforce and UFC and they all have been excellent.
The one thing I’d like to see is see is Dana White convince and sign Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carino to the UFC. When I think of women in MMA these are the two I think of the most. Currently, Ronda Rousey is the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and previously held the same title in Strike Force. Rousey is 7-0 and all of her fights have ended submission via armbar. Currently there are twelve women contracted in the UFC and they include Alexis Davis, Liz Carmouche, Germaine de Randamie, Shelia Gaff, Sarah Kaufman, Julie Kedzie, Sara McMann, Amanda Nunes, Rosie Sexton, Cat Zingano, Miesha Tate, and Rousey. These twelve women have a chance to create and write their own legacy.
It is a good time to be a woman in the UFC because they do not have the star power like they use to. There is no Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Dan Severn or Ken Shamrock. All these fighters had larger then life personalities that people could get behind. I mean no disrespect to the current roster of the UFC because they are all very talented but their is no bad boy, no rebel, and no man who is suppose to be past his prime that can still continue to kick ass.
The women of the UFC have an opportunity to create their own star power, their own legacy and their destiny. The women of UFC will make even more history because on the next Ultimate Fighter, the coaches will be Cat Zingano and Ronda Rousey. The show will feature an all women house. This also means Zingano will get a title shot at Rouseys title sometime in 2013.
Woman have can be successful in any sport. Take a look a pro wrestling, NASCAR, basketball, and bowling. They all have women who are successful. I applaud Dana White for his decision to bring women into the UFC. He will attract a new audience and new demographics. So when you ask, can women be dominant in the UFC? I say yes. The can be dominant and they can steal the show just like Zingano versus Tate did.