It's a real ride to try to process the emotions associated with watching your mother step into the cage.
I truly believe everyone could benefit from martial arts, but if we keep treating women like they're just a sexy side to the "real" show, we are doing them a great disservice.
My own attempts to challenge sexism within the sport have often been met with hostility. TRIGGER WARNING: descriptions of domestic and sexual assault.
I'm A (Male) Cage-Fighting Enthusiast And Here's Why I Won't Be Watching The World's First All-Female Cage-Fighting Showdown
I won't be turning the TV off in protest against the UFC’s cynical marketing or manipulation of gender politics, but because – when it comes down to it – the idea of two women fighting each other in an Octagon actually fills me with revulsion.