On December 20, Brazil will potentially make MMA history by allowing a man and a woman to fight each other for the first time ever since the sport adopted the Unified Rules.
Emerson Falcao (0-1) is ready to fight Juliana Velasquez (0-0) in a three-round bantamweight fight on Friday, according to MMAFighting.com, but whether or not they actually go through with it is anyone’s guess.
Osiris Maia, a member of the Brazilian MMArts Confederation, had this to say about the match on MMAFighting.com:
“There’s nothing in the rules that specific [sic] prohibits a man to fight a woman, but when you interpret the rules you know that both athletes must be in the same level, so there’s no way a man should be allowed to fight a woman.”
My thought is this: If Falcao ends up winning, people will say he beat a woman which is bad enough, but if he loses they may say he let Velasquez win, so there’s definitely going to be some controversy with this match should it go through as planned.
I’m excited for tomorrow to see whether or not it happens and curious as to how the match turns out. This is a first time in MMA history and if it is a success, we may see more co-ed matches in future.