So in the UFC and in combat sports in general, you will see attractive females like the UFC Ring Girls during fight week and in between rounds during the fight.
But how do you feel about them? Some people are huge fans of them, while others say they add nothing to the sport.
No they don’t get in the cage and fight, but they are as much a part of the industry as anyone else involved in the sport today.
Lets have a closer look at the history here –
Since the beginning
So who was the first UFC Ring Girl? Well right from UFC 1 there was attractive women being ring girls in the UFC – but it was at UFC 40 in 2002 when for the first time, the UFC had a recognised model at the time in Amber Nichole Clark being the first ring girl.
In boxing Ring girls go back as early as the mid 1960’s, but Since Clark entered the UFC there has been many ring girls in the companies history, most notably – Rachelle Leah, Anne Rivera, Ali Sonoma, Edith Labelle, Logan Santon, Natasha Wicks, Holly Madison, Arianny Celeste, Chandella Powell, Brittany Palmer, Camilla Oliviera, Vanessa Hanson, Chrissy Blair, Jhenny Andrade, Luciana Andrade, Carly Baker, Red De La Cruz, Jamilette Gaxiola, Lee Ji Na, Eun Ji Ye and many others.
So the point I’m making here is that UFC Ring girls have been around since the beginnings of the sport, which means they have been around as long as the fighters themselves, and thus have been a part of the growth of MMA through the years no matter how you feel about them.
They are sexually exploiting women
But how do you feel about t them? Many people say they are sexually exploiting women in combat sports and despite finding the ring girls as attractive as any heterosexual guy, I have to agree.
The UFC and fight promotions do sexually exploit, sexualise these young attractive women and they are feeding into sexism as many fans and activists have pointed out.
UFC owner Dana White has had his fair share of sexism claims thrown at him thrugh the years, he once famously said women would never fight in the UFC for instance and given his rocky marriage being no secret in the MMA media, as well as accusations of sleeping with many of the UFC ring girls, I can understand why some people dislike the ring girls being involved in the sport.
All of the UFC ring girls are professional models and literally get paid to take their clothes off and mentioning no names there are many that have ventured into pornography as well, which is an industry known for exploiting women.
However recently the concept of Ring boys for fights especially fights between female fighters has started to create steam in recent years – current MMA fighter Elias Theodorou for instance has been a ring boy at Invicta FC 28 recently.
We love sex and violence
While I am opposed to any form of exploitation in 2018, we as MMA fans must accept the fact that the UFC and various fight promotions will continue to utilise Ring girls in fight week and inbetween rounds during the fight for the foreseeable future.
The reason for this is that the UFC owners know that nothing sells in terms of entertainment better then sex and violence because of how we as humans are programmed.
Competition is something that designed into our human nature, we accept and we get a euphoric high from competing and winning in everything we do, so we easily can become addicted to watching teams or individuals battle in some athletic undertaking – fighting in MMA is the purest form of this in terms of sport as far as im concerned.
Then in between rounds during the fight you literally can hear the reaction in the crowd to the ring girls, especially from the male parts of the audience, providing eye candy for our other natural pre-programmed addiction as a species which is sex.
I do not see UFC Ring girls going anywhere anytime soon, so you better get used to them if you are a fan of the sport of MMA, because generally speaking they are proven to help sell fight events currently.
Any let me know how you feel about UFC Ring girls below in the comments box and as always stay tuned for more from the world of MMA right here at the MMAGateway.
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