The people talking against Women's MMA sound just like the nay-sayers back in '92 and '93 when the Men's UFC first started. The talent pool was a hell of a lot shallower in the Men's ranks then than it is in the Women's ranks now, but people saw it for what it was - a genuine expression of combat, which showed the world what worked and what didn't.
Lots of people said it was too violent, even barbaric, that no one wanted to see blood pouring from huge gashes, that no state would sanction such a spectacle.
A funny thing happened, though - those in the know saw the true value of what was being presented, and it went on to change the face of martial arts and televised sporting events forever.
I wouldn't even consider paying to see a boxing match, but I'm the first one out the door to the local sports bar on UFC PPV nights. Lots of other guys feel the same way, and I think a lot of girls would too if they could see other girls testing their skills and determination and making a name for themselves.
The UFC really didn't take off until you could see fights for free on Spike, after which time everyone jumped on the bandwagon. Now, we need to do the same for the Women's division, give them the exposure they need to become mainstream and build a following.
The guys who are queasy about seeing girls defend themselves make me wonder - what would you want them to do if some putz assualted them and you weren't around? I would want my girls to be able to handle themselves confidently, using the skills that they picked up watching and practicing what worked for other girls in the same situation.
If you didn't mind watching teeth fly out of that sumo's mouth or seeing that pony-tail guy get a big new bald spot back in UFC1 and 2, I think you can handle a couple of sturdy girls duking it out for a few rounds. If not, vote with your remote. In any case, we should give them the mainstream exposure that the men get and see what happens. You just might be surprised...