|Carano vs. Santos - SherDog|
|Meisha Tate - Strikeforce|
Tate's argument was simple: there is a hierarchy amongst female fighters and Rousey must submit. Rousey has yet to fight at 135lbs so why should she get a title shot before the many other women currently operating within that bracket. Rousey's response was also simple: she is more marketable than Kaufman because of the growing hype surrounding Rousey's skill...and her looks. Rousey explained in the MMA Hour interview,
"Sarah Kaufman kind of gives boring interviews, she's not a supermodel and the way she fights, she doesn't finish matches in extraordinary fashion," she said. "It's just kind of being realistic. I'm sorry that I have to say things bluntly and offend some people. I just want there to be a highly marketable, exciting women's title fight, and I want to be part of that because I feel like I could do a really good job, and you could, too. I think the two of us could do a better job of that than you and Sarah Kaufman."
|Ronda Rousey - Joe Pic Photography|
But perhaps the difference for Tate, and many other female athletes, is that while the individual may choose to participate in sexy photography or other personal promotions, the sport itself should not be eroticized. We need to grow the sport, but doing so through sexualizing the fighters may reduce WMMA to little more than the Lingerie Football League.