68-year-old grandma vs. 24-year-old woman in MMA fight
We’ve seen a lot of bizarre mismatches in MMA over the years, but one organization still managed to push the boundaries of bad taste last year when they pitted a 68-year-old grandmother against a 24-year-old woman.
The amateur fight took place at Sparta Combat League, an MMA promotion out of Colorado that claims to put on, “quality MMA events that help raise money for local charities.”
The elderly woman, Ann Perez had no previous MMA fighters under her belt, but had competed in amateur Muay Thai bouts and was reported to be a black belt in Kenpo Karate and a blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
After that, Perez gradually returned to training and decided that she wanted to fulfill her ambition to have an amateur MMA fight, but due to her advanced years, she struggled to find someone willing to fight her.
However, after a year-long search, Laura Dettman agreed to the bout, even though she was 44-years younger and already had a 2-2 amateur record.
Despite the age difference, Dettman didn’t hold back in the cage and repeatedly tagged Perez with punches in the opening minute and then slammed her to the mat after she turned her back while under fire.
Showing no mercy, Dettman then gradually moved to full mount and began raining down ground-n-pound strikes to the head, until the referee finally stepped in to save Perez from further punishment for an 84-second TKO finish.
The SCL organization were criticized both before and after the fight for allowing it to take place, but it’s promoter, Jeff Cisneros defended his decision, telling KUSA news that, “people sometimes are insecure in the fact that they never followed their own dreams, so they want to derail someone else from following theirs.”
For the record, despite losing, the tough-as-nails Perez has indicated that if she was allowed she’d like to have another amateur fight in the future.