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Old 05-13-2008, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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EliteXC considering women's titles, all-female show

"EliteXC considering women's titles, all-female show
by Dann Stupp on May 13, 2008 at 3:37 pm ET
Not only are EliteXC officials considering the creation of championship belts for its growing stable of female fighters, but they're also planning to host a women's-only show that could take place next year.

EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw reaffirmed his company's dedication to female MMA during today's media conference call with Gina Carano (5-0) and Kaitlin Young (4-1), who fight May 31 during the debut EliteXC-CBS event.

In fact, the first women's belt will likely be at 140 lbs., and the winner of the the upcoming Carano vs. Young bout could earn the right to fight for the title in the fall.

"We'll continue putting [women] on Showtime and on CBS, and we'll continue putting them on the ShoXC cards, as well," Shaw said. "The fight team and (EliteXC matchmaker) Jeremy Lapen are working hard on additions for the female divisions."

Many major organizations, most notably the UFC, have expressed little to no interest in adding women's MMA to their fights cards. In 2007 UFC President Dana White said that he simply doesn't like the thought of women fighting each other, but recently, he's stated that there just aren't enough talented fighters to stock a female division.

"If no one else wants to do it, it's all the better for us," Shaw said.

In addition to Carano and Young, EliteXC has under contract female fighters such as Julie Kedzie (9-7), Tonya Evinger (6-3), Debi Purcell (4-1) and Carina Damm (9-3).

With even more on the way, Shaw said the organization is working on a show that will feature only female fighters. Although all-female shows have been done before, such as in California with the Fatal Femmes Fighting organization, they've never been as high-profile as an EliteXC show could be.

Shaw said the event will likely take place in 2009. He didn't mention any show details, but the event would likely air on Showtime. Both Carano and Young expressed excitement about the possibility.

As far as other events, Shaw said he'll continue to use female fighters on all the organization's cards, especially those on CBS. In fact, when Shaw worked with CBS executives to put together the May 31 card, they were thrilled.

"Absolutely no resistance -- zero," Shaw said. "In fact they were thrilled to have Gina on the card."

Carano and Young meet on the televised portion of "EliteXC: PRIMETIME," which takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. It'll be the first-ever mixed-martial-arts event -- and the first-ever female bout -- to air live on major U.S. network television."

This is from mmajunkie:
http://mmajunkie.com/news/4332/elite...emale-show.mma


Now I will freely admit I've never seen a female MMA fight but this move by EliteXC has kinda got me intriqued. They are obviously trying new ways to bring in viewers and market to people the UFC is not, ie- women. Not that the UFC doesn't market women but that as Dana stated he doesn't think there are enough quality female fighters. Would an all-female card interest you?

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Old 05-13-2008, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Women do not excite me for MMA. They are slow. Any top male prospect aged 16+ would run through the divison.

Its the same for all women sports actually. The only ones that intrique me are the ones wear they wear little outfits and are sexy like Tennis, and Figure Skating.


Seriously, why make a women divison when u can make a "Junior" divison. It would be great to see the younger guys moving up the ranks and it would be better technical fighting. Why should guys that are better than these women sit dormant??

The only way I would want to see a women in MMA is if she earned it by fighting men and got up the ranks that way. I dont think they need their own divison so we can see 2nd rate MMA. IF a women can make it fighting guys....shes earned it. Their own divison.....boring!

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Most women's MMA fights have seen have been exciting as hell! I'm totally amped for this and happy to see it developing!
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Women do not excite me for MMA. They are slow. Any top male prospect aged 16+ would run through the divison.

Its the same for all women sports actually. The only ones that intrique me are the ones wear they wear little outfits and are sexy like Tennis, and Figure Skating.


Seriously, why make a women divison when u can make a "Junior" divison. It would be great to see the younger guys moving up the ranks and it would be better technical fighting. Why should guys that are better than these women sit dormant??

The only way I would want to see a women in MMA is if she earned it by fighting men and got up the ranks that way. I dont think they need their own divison so we can see 2nd rate MMA. IF a women can make it fighting guys....shes earned it. Their own divison.....boring!
A lot of people are going to flame you, I will not be one of them. I somewhat agree, I don't really enjoy watching women in most sports anyway (except for tennis as they have a lot of technique and rely on that more than brute force like the guys) and that includes MMA. Gina is probably the only exception but I will never cry if EliteXC's female division goes under.
The idea of a Junior division actually is kinda interesting, although I can see there being a lot of issues with it.
Women will never compete with men because
a) the public doesn't like watching a dude beat another dudes face in on the ground, imagine a dude beating a chicks face into the ground.
b) some fighters of both sexes might feel uncomfortable in certain position and/or one sex might not punch as hard towards the other due to not wanting to hurt them

I have nothing against female MMA but I doubt I will ever go out of my way to watch it and I will probably never buy a card with JUST female fighters on it.
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Junior Hockey or Womens Hockey??? Junior is way faster and a much more skilled game.

WNBA or Mens College Basketball or even the McDonals High School Game is WAYYY bett than the womens game.

LPGA or the Mens Amatuer??? The men ar emuch better players.


Why watch women, when we can watch better??? I have nothing against them for being women. Its because they are not as talented as men that could be in their place.

I think an under 18-20 divison or 16-20 would be great! Watch or supertsars progress!!

Hey if a woman can make it in MMA, I am ALL FOR IT. But lets have these women get on TV because they have equal skill to whats out there. No just because their women.
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