Curtis Blaydes needs to make one factor completely clear: He’s completely a fan of girls’s MMA.
That opinion was misplaced in April when UFC heavyweight contender engaged in a back-and-forth with a number of outstanding feminine athletes. After Blaydes made a social media post concerning fighters who “complain and gripe about being overly sexualized by followers/media however then on the similar time a lot of them are profiting off mentioned sexualization via media endorsements, excessive profile placement on combat playing cards, and total recognition which ends up in many different monetary alternatives,” he was known as out by vets Pearl Gonzalez and Paige VanZant, whom he named as examples in assist of his argument.
Blaydes mentioned on the finish of the day, his problem with girls’s MMA applies to male fighters simply as simply.
“I really like watching the highest women get in there and placed on excessive shows of combating,” Blaydes informed MMA Combating. “We simply noticed UFC 248, Joanna [Jedrzejczyk] and [Zhang] Weili, that was probably the greatest fights I’ve ever seen no matter gender. That was probably the greatest performances I’ve seen ever. The backwards and forwards, the excessive IQ strategies, the counters, the motion, I like that stuff.
“However similar to there’s dudes within the males’s division I really feel don’t actually do an excellent job representing MMA, [and] I really feel they don’t deserve a roster spot. I’m not dropping names, however there are dudes who don’t deserve it and there are women who don’t. It’s equal alternative.”
Simply as he said in his preliminary publish, Blaydes isn’t knocking anyone’s hustle in the case of being profitable within the sport. However he finally believes an individual’s ability set and resume ought to decide who will get to maintain a roster spot on the planet’s largest MMA promotion.
“I want I had the chance to get into the UFC based mostly on something moreover my ability within the octagon,” Blaydes defined. “I want, however I don’t have that chance. I’ve to get within the gymnasium and ideal my craft and go on the market and beat someone. Your document must be indicative of a high [world-class] fighter. Being within the UFC with a 6-5 document or 5-4, it doesn’t appear like you belong within the UFC.
“After watching a few of these fights, the ability stage isn’t there. They’re utilizing the identical combo time and again and over, and it’s not efficient. You don’t have a plan B. You’ve one combo and also you’ve been combating for eight years. You need to have yet one more than combo after eight years in MMA. There are a variety of women like that. They’ve one ability set, one transfer and I get them signing with the UFC and I get them getting paid. I feel these spots would go to different women, however they’re not as marketable I assume.”
Blaydes seems at a sport like soccer as the proper instance the place the expertise is the one factor that issues when a roster spot is attained. The best way he sees it, marketability is nice, however that may’t trump expertise in the case of the UFC.
“The NFL doesn’t do this,” Blaydes mentioned. “That’s one factor I really like in regards to the NFL Should you can’t play, they’re not going to pay you. They’re going to launch you. They love doing that. Should you can’t do the primary factor you’re purported to do, which is combat. Should you’re not good at that half, why am I paying you cash?
“That’s not me hating on girls’s MMA. I take pleasure in an excellent combat whatever the weight, whatever the gender. In the event that they’re good, they’re going to placed on an excellent, thrilling, entertaining efficiency and I’m going to observe it. There are a ton of women who do this. I don’t know the place everyone seems to be getting this false impression that I’m in opposition to girls’s MMA trigger I’m not.”