The UFC’s reluctance to put on female fights became a topic for discussion on Tuesday’s Elite XC conference call. Shayna Baszler and Christiane Cyborg, who will square off on the CBS portion of the card, each had different though equally telling responses:
QUESTION: When asked if he has any interest in setting up any female divisions in the UFC, Dana White politely questioned the depth of talent. What is your response to that?
Shayna Baszler: I don’t care what Dana White has to say. If he wants to question the depth of talent; that is just going to give companies like EliteXC one more thing to tap into that he’s not. He wants to question the depth of the female division, but every fight, every female fight that ProElite has put on has been a showcase of women’s talent and has been “fight of the night” type material. If he wants to give that avenue to others to pursue, then, fine. The more the merrier. I don’t care. I just want to fight the best. I don’t know, if he wants to question that, then I’d question the talent of his heavyweight division.
Cristiane Cyborg: I’d love to fight Dana White to show him how tough women are.
Oh, snap! Ok, not really. He never questioned their toughness, which makes me think Cyborg misunderstood the question, and there is probably just as much reason to question the depth of women’s MMA as there is to question the depth of the UFC’s current heavyweight division, so we’ll rule that one a tie for the moment.
Something tells me White’s reasons for staying away from female MMA have more to do with his fear of public backlash if a woman gets severely injured on live TV, rather than concerns about the strength of the roster, anyway.
This remark about the KJ Noons-Nick Diaz situation from CEO Doug DeLuca, however, that’s a different story:
QUESTION: Is KJ Noons going to be in the arena and is there going to be any kind of footage shown of what happened in Hawaii with KJ and Diaz as part of the package of the Diaz fight?
Doug DeLuca: What happened in the cage in Hawaii is not something that ProElite or EliteXC is proud of. That’s not what the sport’s about. I mean, the one thing that impresses me on a daily basis, and I never cease to be impressed, is the sportsmanship of these athletes. Just the respect and discipline of these guys the way they care for each other. This is a community here and it’s not something that we’re looking to underline what happened there. That was an unfortunate circumstance.
There was a little bad blood, and I’m sure those two are going to get a chance to work that out in the cage down the road. I don’t know if KJ is coming, but (you won’t be) seeing the melee in the cage in Hawaii.
Really? Pro Elite is still acting like they brought Nick Diaz into the cage following KJ Noons’ title defense because they hoped for a gentlemanly encounter? Maybe they didn’t think Noons’ dad was going to go after the Diaz brothers like he did, but they also had to know what they were signing themselves up for, namely lots of middle fingers and some vague threats that only make sense about fifty percent of the time.
To insist that they were appalled when that lead to a minor fracas, well, that’s either completely disingenuous or an utter failure to understand cause and effect.