There’s been a whole bunch of talk and speculation over the last couple of weeks about the future of women’s MMA and fighting due to the UFC purchase of Strikeforce. With Dana White adamantly opposing the thought of ever having women fight in the UFC it naturally brings questions about what will happen to the Strikeforce female fighters when that organization is finally fully dissolved into the UFC brand. Although the big boys at the UFC might not support women’s MMA there are still plenty of other organizations that do, and still plenty of fans (myself included) that know often times a female fight is usually brutally entertaining.
While it might seem like the door is closing for these ladies, there are other organizations that have begun to recognize that girls not only like to fight too, but can do so with skill, technique and intense badassery. Pancrase is the latest promotion to step up and start letting the ladies compete. According to NightmareofBattle.com Pancrase is adding ‘Queens of Pancrase’ to their championship titles. Starting in May of 2011 all weight classes in Pancrase will also apply to female fighters and they will fight on through eliminations to become the Queen at the finals.
So don’t fear guys (and girls) who dig watching chicks bang it out in little shorts and sports bras, the ladies of Pancrase are not just the ring girl sisters Rika and Yumi anymore. Not that there is anything at all wrong with Rika and Yumi-I wouldn’t mind having knee socks and cheerleader skirt wearing pillow fights with them at all, but we can talk about that on another day. Right now, let’s just focus on the real girl fighting that is getting ready to go down Pancrase style starting this May. [source]