(Roxanne Modafferi is a long time jackal and one of the baddest chicks on the planet. She holds the FFF 135 pound belt, is ranked top 5 in the world, and will be kicking some ass on November 8th in Japan. You can support Roxy by buying a 63Fight Team Modafferi shirt … “Roxy” in Japan sounds like “63”, how cool is that! 100% of the profits go to help Roxy hit super sayan levels of awesome in the cage. So go do it!)
Negativity surrounding the name “Smack Girl” that eventually repelled all potential sponsors. In an attempt to ditch that and start anew, the new owner Yuichi Ozono took over the organization and renamed it “Jewels.” They’ll have their first show on November 16th in Korakuen hall.
They’re keeping the same rules: No striking to the head on the ground. The 30 second ground rule had already been abolished last year, probably originally started to keep fights exciting for the crowds.
The new “Jewels” is collaborating with DEEP and president Shigeru Saeki, who came right out and stated that it was necessary to have cute, attractive fighters to attract an audience.
After reading this, I found myself nodding my head in agreement…and then quickly shaking it in chagrin. Is it REALLY necessary for a female fighter to be beautiful to get attention? If course it isn’t! Of course it is! Wait, which? I guess one could argue both points, but it brings you back to, what makes a fighter get noticed? Unusual traits, spectacular finishes, high skill, trash talking, beautiful or handsome features are among some. But if you look at the hard facts, people like Gina Carano and “the karate hottie” Michelle Waterson have been pushed to the front of the line because of their looks regardless of skill, while veterans like Amanda Buckner and Tara Larosa (whom I consider the top female fighters at 135) can’t get a fight even while actively trying. It sucks, but what can be done unless we’re willing to cater to audiences? Amanda told me she won’t grow her hair. I refuse to put on make up. Gina is a knockout without doing anything.
With MMA mainstream, it’s becoming more and more like a show. I feel like I have to do “auditions.” Fighting resumes must now include “pictures.” If I stood in a lineup next to models, I’d probably be given candy and sent home crying. Even Anderson Silva said something about “Trying to put on a show” and Exlite XC was on “Showtime.”
Is MMA still fighting or turning into a show? And should the fighters really have to care about the show aspect?