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E. Casy Leydon and Esther Lin made this slick video marking the historic event that was the TUF 18 tryouts

E. Casy Leydon and Esther Lin made this slick video marking the historic event that was the TUF 18 tryouts

And to think that a few years ago it was argued by certain doctors and people in position of power (that shall remain nameless) that women couldn’t even fight 5-minute rounds. Now here they are, ready to compete in a TV show that will have them fight multiple times in two five-minute rounds in what could be multiple exhibition matches in an extremely short time frame. Either some serious human evolution went down in the last few years, or these ladies are right where they need to be — on the most interesting TUF since Kimbo and season 10.

You go down the list of the women that showed up to try out for TUF 18 and it reads like a who’s who of the MiddleEasy cartoon background:

Tara LaRosa, Jocelyn Lybarger and Roxanne Modafferi just to name a few. Not to mention Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, Raquel Pennington and even Kim Couture.

To think that this season won’t bring an intensity to the training and fights we haven’t seen in years would be a big mistake.

MMAFighting’s EKC and Esther Lin were on the scene at the tryouts and spliced together a bittersweet video reminding us how far we’ve come. I’m sorry, I have a little tear in my eye. Watch while I dry my eyes.

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