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The metric conversion that shook women’s MMA

There sure was a boatload of controversy surrounding last weekend’s Carano-Evinger match. From the initial weight cut hoopla to that lesbian crap, everything about the match was exciting, except for the match itself. The main topics of conversation after the fight was over were accusations that the fight was fixed, and “what Mauro said”.

I’m not really going to get into the fight fixing thing … suffice to say if Gary Shaw was going to fix the fight he would have had Evinger stand and trade with Carano (like the Tony Fryklund / Cung Le fix .. er, fight). I’m going to attribute Gina’s win to Evinger’s complete lack of jiu-jitsu … she’s a wrestler not a grappler, people. There’s a difference.

Anyways, the other big thing was “what Mauro said”. Here it is in a nutshell:

After Ranallo recounted some questionable comments in their own right from Evinger during the final pre fight press conference that included her proclamation that she’d like to “make out” with Carano but would instead settle for knocking her out, analyst Bill Goldberg attempted to side step the periphery topic (and possibly redirect to the actual events unfolding in the ring at that moment?) by saying “I’m not going to touch that one with a 25 foot pole, Mauro.” Ranallo persisted, however, saying “I’d like to touch it with a 25 cm one but instead we’ll just call the fight.”

Sure, everyone laughed. But afterwards we felt kinda bad for laughing. I’m not really going to go into a deep analysis of why Renallo’s comments were wrong and inappropriate … honestly, I don’t really care either way. What really amuses me about this whole situation is how Renallo is taking all the heat on this, when Bill Goldberg was obviously in on the setup as well.

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: there’s a certain amount of rehearsing and preparation that goes into commentating an event like this. Do you think Mauro Renallo comes up with all those dumb puns off the top of his head? Bill Goldberg can barely string his thoughts into coherent sentences … how likely is it that he perfectly set up Renallo for the greatest comedic slam dunk in MMA history? There’s no doubt in my mind that Goldberg and Renallo thought this bit up beforehand and were waiting for just the right moment to use it.

  • Royal B. says:

    Um…yes. Mauro can come up with dumb puns like that on the fly.

    And yes, Mauro talks like that.

  • Lifer says:

    I am all for the proliferation of mixed martial arts but I am actually quite disgusted by the way women are being portrayed in MMA. I wish they could let the fights speak for themselves.

    We have the UFC and Dana White who has said he just straight up doesn’t BELIEVE women should be fighting at all. So one major org is actually ‘anti-women’ and they’re entitled to their opinion. They run their own show.

    Next we have EliteXC. I actually quite enjoyed the EliteXC card and thought it was at the very least on par with a UFC card and the fights were generally very good. Now, look at the way they’re marketing women’s MMA. It has become synonymous with Ms. Corano herself! They’re heralding Gina as the great hope for women’s MMA all through the broadcast and any kind of press release. She has the fortunate position to be in the spotlight and able to receive top training. She’s going into the business with her eyes wide open and is training at Xtreme Couture which I assume is leagues above what most of her opponents are doing during their training.

    I can take a joke. I can see the humor in pretty much anything but the comment made by Renallo was just.. so low-class. It offended me from a comedic standpoint because it was seriously just a groaner joke. Actually, the idea of Renallo interacting with any woman gets my bile rising. It also offended me as a fan of MMA.

    What audience are you catering to? One part of MMA is trying to show that their fighters are upstanding citizens and normal people and not street thugs. There is a lot of effort being put in to show the honorific side of fighting. Now we have women competing so it’s open season on making vulgar, inappropriate sexual comments?

    I just wish someone would take a look at these women and see them as people doing the exact same thing as men. Granted most of them are not up to par with their male counterparts in terms of explosiveness or skill but let’s think back to the difference between MMA practitioners now vs. 10 years ago. Give it some time.

    Long story short, I want to see women’s MMA succeed, I applaud EliteXC for bringing it to the forefront on their maincards but FUCK ME SIDE-SALLY I wish they didn’t have to sexualize it to make it marketable.

  • kentyman says:

    Women’s MMA is just like men’s MMA. ‘Cept 98% of the fans are significantly more likely to want to get it on with the women fighters.

    Fightlinker vs. GSP is one exception to that rule I guess.

  • Swedish guy says:

    I very much second that, Lifer!

  • steve24 says:

    “That fight lasted long than Lindsay Lohan in rehab!”

    I was laughing when I heard that.

  • Shawn says:

    c’mon people! No one is commenting about his 10″ cock? Doesn’t he know this isn’t Canada? Use American measurements!

    On a relatedish note: if you heard Mauro’s interview with the Karate Hottie last Monday: [link][/link]

    I think he busts a nut by the end of the interview. He does like to watch women get it on! Uh, I mean FIGHT.

  • Teufel says:

    I hope Carano headkicks Mauro next time she sees him. It’s one thing to make a sexist comment while you’re at home beating off watching porn, but, if you’re on live TV about to watch two athletes try to beat the shit out of each other, try being a professional and keep your pindick in your pants for fuck’s sake.

  • Lifer says:

    Thanks Teufel for condensing my post into 2 concise sentences.

  • garth says:

    wow, the MMA commenters are coming off like big time amateurs lately. the brighter the spotlight shines, the more likely you’ll see the cracks i guess.

  • Xavier says:

    Considering that Women’s MMA and Carano especially is only shown for this sort of idiotic reaction, I can’t quite understand why everyone online wants to throw the idiot EliteXC commentators under the bus for saying what 90%+ MMA fans say.

    Holier than thou you guys are not.

  • marshal says:

    I bet he was masturbating while he made that comment…

  • Thomas says:

    Call me an a-hole but I found the comment funny and so did my girl and her roomate(who’s also a girl). Was it unprofessional maybe but if she wanted to be considered professional she should have taken off her shorts to make the weight. Thats what other professional fighters do. If you can’t make the weight don’t sign to fight at that weight.

    “That fight lasted long than Lindsay Lohan in rehab!”

    I was laughing when I heard that

    Yeah Me too!!!!

  • marshal says:

    Yeah I found it funny too, I think women mma should fight with dildos in their hands for more laughs. 25cm of course.