Curtis Blaydes desires to make one factor completely clear: He’s completely a fan of ladies’s MMA.
That opinion was misplaced in April when UFC heavyweight contender engaged in a back-and-forth with a number of distinguished feminine athletes. After Blaydes made a social media put up relating to fighters who “complain and gripe about being overly sexualized by followers/media however then on the identical time a lot of them are profiting off mentioned sexualization via media endorsements, excessive profile placement on struggle playing cards, and total recognition which results in many different monetary alternatives,” he was known as out by vets Pearl Gonzalez and Paige VanZant, whom he named as examples in help of his argument.
Blaydes mentioned on the finish of the day, his situation with ladies’s MMA applies to male fighters simply as simply.
“I like watching the highest ladies get in there and placed on excessive shows of preventing,” Blaydes informed MMA Combating. “We simply noticed UFC 248, Joanna [Jedrzejczyk] and [Zhang] Weili, that was among the finest fights I’ve ever seen no matter gender. That was among the finest performances I’ve seen ever. The backwards and forwards, the excessive IQ methods, the counters, the motion, I like that stuff.
“However identical to there’s dudes within the males’s division I really feel don’t actually do a superb job representing MMA, [and] I really feel they don’t deserve a roster spot. I’m not dropping names, however there are dudes who don’t deserve it and there are ladies who don’t. It’s equal alternative.”
Simply as he said in his preliminary put up, Blaydes isn’t knocking anyone’s hustle with regards to getting cash within the sport. However he in the end believes an individual’s ability set and resume ought to decide who will get to maintain a roster spot on the earth’s largest MMA promotion.
“I want I had the chance to get into the UFC based mostly on something moreover my ability within the octagon,” Blaydes defined. “I want, however I don’t have that chance. I’ve to get within the health club and ideal my craft and go on the market and beat any individual. Your report ought to be indicative of a high [world-class] fighter. Being within the UFC with a 6-5 report or 5-4, it doesn’t seem like you belong within the UFC.
“After watching a few of these fights, the ability stage is just not there. They’re utilizing the identical combo again and again and over, and it’s not efficient. You don’t have a plan B. You’ve one combo and also you’ve been preventing for eight years. It’s best to have yet another than combo after eight years in MMA. There are lots of ladies like that. They’ve one ability set, one transfer and I get them signing with the UFC and I get them getting paid. I believe these spots would go to different ladies, however they’re not as marketable I suppose.”
Blaydes appears to be like at a sport like soccer as the proper instance the place the expertise is the one factor that issues when a roster spot is attained. The way in which he sees it, marketability is nice, however that may’t trump expertise with regards to the UFC.
“The NFL doesn’t try this,” Blaydes mentioned. “That’s one factor I like in regards to the NFL When you can’t play, they’re not going to pay you. They’re going to launch you. They love doing that. When you can not do the primary factor you’re alleged to do, which is struggle. When you’re not good at that half, why am I paying you cash?
“That’s not me hating on ladies’s MMA. I take pleasure in a superb struggle whatever the weight, whatever the gender. In the event that they’re good, they’re going to placed on a superb, thrilling, entertaining efficiency and I’m going to observe it. There are a ton of ladies who try this. I don’t know the place everyone seems to be getting this false impression that I’m towards ladies’s MMA trigger I’m not.”