According to a Sept. 30 report from MMA Frenzy, women’s MMA will be showcased at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, which takes place Nov. 30 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be headlined by a UFC flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.
The FS1 card will also feature the finals for TUF 18′s women’s and men’s bantamweight tournaments. The show will air live on FOX Sports 1. More bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Most of the MMA veterans lost during “TUF 18,” so the finale will likely feature a slew of newcomers.
“It kind of shed some light on us newbies,” show contestant Julianna Pena said. “We were sitting there kinda being like, ‘Alright, you know. Out with the old, in with the new.’ Fighting is such a PG-13 sport. It’s very brutal, and it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. If you don’t show up on fight day, somebody’s going to come and take your baby.
“It was pretty sad to see all those vets lose after all they’ve been through, but at the same time, we as new fighters have been through a lot, too. We’ve been through a lot of things that not a lot of people have seen or are ever going to know about. We deserve to be showcased just as much as they do. They’re still going to be able to fight in the UFC. Just because you lose one doesn’t mean that your career is over. They laid it all out on the line, and that’s all you can ask for from a fighter. So they deserve to hold their heads up high.”
Pena also take a swipe at Rousey for threatening Miesha Tate after Shayna Baszler lost her elimination fight.
“Uh, yeah. I guess. You know, she wasn’t walking around with a sour face,” Pena said. “She was definitely a lot happier. I saw her smile, you know? I thought, ‘Hey! You’re not supposed to smile at Roxanne’s pain!’ (Laughs.) But at the same time, she was happy. She got her win.”
In honor of Pena, here’s a look at the top five ways WMMA is similar to lingerie football.
Both feature female athletes
Both WMMA and lingerie football feature talented female athletes who take their respective sports quite seriously.
“You know its women playing football with lingerie on, but at the same time we’re serious. This is not just a costume,” said Yashi Rice, a defensive tackle for the Bliss.
Both are relatively new
Both WMMA and lingerie football are relatively new, as compared to other mainstream sports.
Women’s MMA has only been around for 15 years, while lingerie football was founded in 2003.
Both struggle to keep wardrobe malfunctions in check
TotalProSports.com came up with a list of 50 classic female athlete wardrobe malfunctions, and the Lingerie Football League was featured in at least a handful of the article’s slides.
WMMA has also had its fair share of wardrobe malfunctions.
Both use sex appeal to reel in casual fans
LFL league commissioner Mitch Mortaza makes no apologies for his league’s business model – sex sells.
“We just happen to have an entire league of Tom Brady’s and David Beckham’s and Maria Sharapova’s,” he said. “That’s the business model. We’re very upfront and honest about it, and I think to a degree, that’s definitely helped in the marketing of the sport.”
It’s not so clear cut when it comes to WMMA, but more than a handful of fighters do sexy photo shoots to enhance their careers and build the sport.
Just as in lingerie football, some fighters draw fans in with sex appeal, hoping they’ll stay for the skill and athleticism.
Both are popular in Las Vegas
Both WMMA and lingerie football are quite popular in Sin City. The Legends Football League has its administrative offices in the heart of Las Vegas, along with a team based in Nevada.
As for WMMA, some of the top female fights in history have happened in Vegas.
Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey are slated to fight on Dec. 28 in the co-main of UFC 168, which just so happens to be in Las Vegas.