MMA's First Lady: Becky Levi

by Jake Rossen | source: sports.espn.go.com
 

Latasha Marzolla is a former Playboy model. Gina Carano is starring in a Steven Soderbergh film. Three seconds on Google can get you to a link titled "Top 10 Sexiest Female MMA Fighters."

There is an undeniable reason for MMA's recent approval of female athletes: Many of them are easy fits for magazine covers and adolescent swooning. Acceptance of their gender in combat sports seems to come with the provision that they look good in a dress. (Men are objectified, too, but it's rare that fans will outright reject a fighter because his face is asymmetrical.) The preoccupation with model looks has more or less annointed Carano as both the "face" and the pioneer of women's MMA.

That's revisionist and wrong. Carano might be the sport's most popular female fighter, and crater-sized dimples may make promoting her easier, but it was Becky Levi who made the first strides for the ladies.

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ThEUniT site profile image  

12/2/09 12:47 PM by ThEUniT

Yours just happen to be in Thailand???

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12/2/09 9:27 AM by ricksongjj

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12/2/09 2:51 AM by Damn Yankee

THIS.

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12/2/09 12:29 AM by Ray Elbe

Guess everyone experiments once in their life...

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12/2/09 12:26 AM by Kirik

 Becky is a great competitor, coach, promoter, and everything else. She is not just a pioneer of women's MMA, she is a pioneer of MMA. The women's angle is valid and warranted, but she has done everything, and is a great person.

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12/2/09 12:03 AM by MissRARA

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12/1/09 11:36 PM by xcouturefan

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12/1/09 11:10 PM by xcouturefan

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12/1/09 11:00 PM by califkali

The toughest woman in combat sports....Aileen Eaton

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12/1/09 11:00 PM by sandmanstebelton

Becky was the no.1 woman in the sport forever. Her legend would be even greater had she been able to fight more. Problem was finding women to fight her. She was always trying to get fights but for the most part NOONE wanted to fight her. Becky is a great trainer, business person, coach and friend.TTT for the SPECIMAN!! :)