When I first started watching mixed martial arts fights or cage-fighting as it’s also known, I didn’t know many people who enjoyed the sport as much as me.
Meeting a woman who knew what the initials UFC stood for was really unusual
In the last two years, I’m delighted to say that I’ve found my tribe on Facebook, Twitter and through my martial arts school.
I realize people have strong opinions about this style of fighting.
I didn’t realize people have negative opinions about women who follow the sport!
Let’s see what one man thinks of female fight fans. Greg Miles from Bloomberg TV is seen here interviewing Dana White, UFC President about a potential sale of a portion of his company.
That piece of news is interesting enough. What was more interesting to me was the casual dismissal of female fight fans by Greg after Dana has just explained that women make up 35-40% of his fan base. Take a look!
Reminder of the back story from this video
“If you’re a guy, you don’t want to go out on dates with these women (who watch UFC), right? Greg Miles, Financial Reporter, Bloomberg TV
“The girls who watch UFC are hot… you, actually, do want to go out on dates with these girls.” Dana White’s response to Greg Miles from Bloomberg TVThe girls who watch UFC are hot. You, actually, do want to go out on dates with these girls.”… Click To Tweet
Obviously, Greg doesn’t have a clue about us female UFC fans. First of all, what did he expect Dana White, UFC President, to say about the people who make up 35-40% of his fan base?
That’s the original back story for why I made the following video called
“Actually, You Do Want to Date These Girls”
I put the word out to female fight fans to send in their favorite photos featuring a female fan standing next to a UFC (or WEC) fighter. I received nearly 200 photos within a few days!
Guess the girls had something to say to Mr. Greg Miles. Check it out!
Evidence to support Dana White’s answer to an interviewer asking about UFC female fight fans. “They’re hot!”
If you would like to submit photos for the next installment, please upload them into the Fight Clique Group Album
Next installment? Listen, I’ve got over a hundred women asking me, “Hey Cheryl, where’s my photo?”
Of course, we have to do another one.
One more thing, we’re looking for a female fight fan theme song if anyone would like to write one for us.
Many people fall into the same trap that Greg Miles fell into with his mistaken assumption about what female fight fans look like or act like. Sometimes, people speak carelessly and don’t realize that they might be insulting someone.
Other people’s opinions will stop you from exploring or trying out new things because you don’t want to be laughed at or punished.
What are you hesitating to try because you think you’ll get feedback or disagreement or lack of support from the people in your life? Don’t get stopped by other people’s words. Take a risk! Try something new, edgy and a little bit out of your comfort zone.
What new risks will you take to make this your best year yet?
How are you staying young – from the inside out?
Photo Credit: Most of the photos were collected on AnneLori’s facebook group page called “Fight Clique”.
Reflections Remix by Ocean freemusicarchive.org
video of fellas of flomac courtesy of florianmartialartscenter.com