UFC welterweight Matt Brown is known as The Immortal for surviving a heroin overdose, before he started mixed martial arts to keep him away from the world of drugs. He recently debuted a podcast called Legit Man S---.
The topic of women fighting in MMA came up in reference to UFC 168; Brown pulled up his club and animal skin shirt, and let loose.
"The whole fight we have women in one room, men in another room," says Brown as transcribed by MMA fighting. "Rousey and Miesha come on and all the women just f------ gather around the TV like it's the f------ Kardashians coming on."
"I always said, 'I don't know why they put women in the UFC.' Now I know why... I just think this, if I'm to pay $60 for a Pay-Per-View to watch women fight they should at least be topless."
"How many knockouts do you see in women's fights? It's not really my thing, I respect what they do, but look, they don't have the body type or the power, all that s---, for knockouts. If you're not a good grappler in women's MMA then you're behind. It's no different than the 125 division of men's MMA in that they're just really not built for knockouts."
Brown went on to praise flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for his knockout of Joseph Benavidez last month.
The acceptance of women in sport has take over 100 years, fighting generations of ugly stereotypes like Brown's.
When a woman, Kathrine Switzer, first ran the Boston Marathon in 1967, race official Jock Semple attempted to physically remove her from the race. Semple was physically removed by 235-pound ex–All American football player and nationally ranked hammer thrower 'Big' Tom Miller, who was dating Switzer at the time.
Now, with a little training, Switzer could have been her own bodyguard.
And now, in the sport of ultra marathon running, women compete shoulder-to-shoulder with the men, and sometimes beat them to the finish line. In ultrarunning, not only do women compete on the same course and at the same time as the men, they really compete—and do well—against them.
Semple was worried that women's ovaries would be destroyed by the rigors or running 26 miles. In other words, he was stupid. What Brown said was stupid, too.
And UFC 168, co headlined by Ronda Rousey, may end up being the second biggest PPV of all time.
UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy also discussed women and MMA yesterday:
Tim Kennedy @TimKennedyMMA
Worlds worst women:
1. Justin Beiber
2. Michael Bisping
3. One Direction
4. Miley Cyrus
5. All Kardashians