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Brazil MMA group has a bad idea: Men fighting women

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One of the worst ideas that I’ve heard in awhile could be happening Friday night.

A Brazilian MMA organization called Shooto Brazil has announced a card which would feature a first-of-its-kind bout — man vs. woman.

Men and women battle all the time.

It’s called marriage. But seriously, who thought this would be a good thing to put on? It’s embarrassing.

There have been doubts that the bout between Emerson Falcao and Juliana Velasquez will actually go off as planned for a handful of reasons.

According to mmaboxing.com, Falcao has an injury, and one member of the confederation responsible for regulating the events said a battle of the sexes is unfair and shouldn’t be held.

Not to mention, it’s tasteless and uncalled for. What’s the purpose of it?

I’m all for equality when it truly provides an equal opportunity for women to contend. Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie playing in a PGA Tour event, or Danica Patrick and Milka Duno driving in NASCAR or ARCA races. But in contact sports like MMA or boxing, a man facing a woman is not and will never be fair.

The only somewhat comparable battle between sexes came three months ago when a transgender fighter named Fallon Fox lost in a third-round TKO to Ashlee Evans-Smith. Evans-Smith later said that she didn’t feel Fox, who lived for 31 years as a male, should be allowed to compete against women.

And that was a woman against woman fight.

Pitting a man against a woman in the name of sport isn’t good for anyone involved. 

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