Sherdog recently interviewed women's MMA pioneer Julie Kedzie about the pioneering female fighters on this season of TUF. Kedzie was herself a member of an female MMA reality, Ultimate Women Challenge, which promised a $50,000 grand prize and air NBC only to crash, only to deliver nothing, at best.
“The women who are going to be signed to the UFC from that show I think will probably get double the amount of sponsors that I could ever have just coming straight into the UFC," said Kedzie. "The exposure they’re gonna have is incredible. I hope they were all saying that to themselves as they were going through hell.”
“As long as they don’t sleep together -- but who knows -- you could meet the love of your life in that kind of experience... I think that’s unlikely. The thing about reality shows is that your emotion … it’s a very high intensity situation where everything is heightened to a craziness where you feel things for people that you might have had a mild feeling for, and all of a sudden it’s more.
“Afterwards, when you’re not in that fishbowl, you’re like, ‘Is this real, or is this not real?’ It’s a super heightened experience, and you have to deal with the fact that it’s not actually reality -- it’s just a form of it.”
“I think it’s gonna be exactly what it’s marketed to be. Ronda, it seems as though she wore her heart on her sleeve a little bit and really pumped up the anger and the emotional side. It seems like Miesha, from the preview that I saw, comes across as pretty cool-headed. These are also potential opponents for all of these girls."
“The women are under more scrutiny for this season. I think we’ve mostly changed the attitude of fans from ‘women can’t fight’ to ‘some women can fight. There is still a little doubt, and I think that these women who are on the show, they may carry that burden of proving to the world on an even bigger scale that we can fight.”
“Basically, they’re pioneers in the sense that Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar were. My hat’s off to them for going through it. Regardless of the outcome of any of the fights, they’re gonna go down in history, and they’re gonna be remembered. It’s a scary thing to do.”
The Ultimate Fighter 18: 'Hell' meets 'history' debuts Sept. 4 on FOX Sports 1.
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