Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Girlfriend's Guide to MMA, pt. 2

Ok, here's the last part of the girlfriend's guide to MMA.

3. Women's MMA - Show her that girls can kick as too! Many MMA fans know one of the sport's best kept secrets is the women's division. These girls can fight, and some of them are kinda cute too. To prove how far it has come, Strikeforce recently headlined two events with female MMA fights. The first was Gina Carano vs. Cris "Cyborg" Santos for the Strikeforce Women's 145lb. title, and the next was Sarah Kaufman vs. Takayo Hashi for the 135lb. women's title. To add to that Strikeforce is pushing female fighters such as Erin Toughill, Miesha Tate, and Kerry Vera. Female MMA fights are fun for a girl or a boy, so maybe she'll like that girls can show their skills too.

2. Take her to a live event - That's what I did. She really enjoyed herself. She found herself clapping and cheering for all the fighters, and got a laugh with how awestruck I was when I met Dan Cramer. The thrill and the energy of seeing a live MMA event does not compare to watching it at a bar or on TV. If all goes according to plan, she'll really like the atmosphere and the energy.

1. Sell her on the technique and skill, not the violence - Most girls don't like fighting, let's be honest. My girlfriend now cringes if someone is getting ground-and-pounded too brutally, or let out a gasp when someone connects with a big high kick. But, when watching Melendez vs. Aoki on TV during the Strikeforce: Nashville event, she said she liked the technical aspects of the ground game and the strategy the fighters would have to employ to win the fight. Now, she doesn't have to becomke a hardcore MMA fan like me, but if you follow these steps, I'm sure you'll at least get your significant other to at least appreciate the fastest growing sport in the world.

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