Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MMA Fighter Fought While Pregnant

Fighters have always fascinated me, I mean it takes a different type of person to climb into a ring or a cage and trade blows with an opponent until you're the last one standing. I also believe that fighters are the most conditioned in shape kind of athletes. Think about your last fight and how winded you were after 15 seconds, these guys battle nearly 30 minutes. I don't know what drives a fighter but I know it isn't easy for them to retire because they continually come back for more punishment or maybe they still think they have what it takes.

How many legends have come back, Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier, George Forman, even today's fighters like Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins, well Hopkins is a different cat altogether, dude's in his 40's and he's the favorite in his upcoming bout in Montreal. MMA fighters have that same drive and legends like Ken Shamrock, Chuck Liddell, and Tito Ortiz have helped mixed martial arts become what it is today. Women's MMA is just as interesting although I must admit I'm not really into two women beating the hell out of each other but if one of the women were pregnant I'd be repulsed.

That's what happened when Cindy Dandois defeated Jorina Baars with a second round TKO in their March 19th fight. This was her first fight since she returned to the ring and she was supposed to fight Gina Carano in June but her pregnancy test came back positive automatically cancelling the fight. In the U.S. female fighters have to take pregnancy test in order to be cleared to fight. Good thing we're not in Europe, overseas women need only to sign a release stating they're not pregnant.

Carano is still scheduled to fight on June 18th in Dallas on the Strikeforce card. I don't know why, her former opponent is shopping for cribs and picking baby names. No new opponent has been lined up for Carano as of this post.

How many things are wrong with this story? First of all, if testing is done before the women fight then how did Dandois get to the arena? She fought on March 19th and she's currently three and a half months pregnant? Who's doing the testing Major League Baseball...allegedly! Barry Bonds thinks they're testing policy is shady. Danois is tough I mean she won by TKO and there is video on youtube but I can't watch I find myself cringing when she gets hit.

And the European Commission needs to check themselves seriously before some women get hurt, I mean how is that allowed over there? Women sign a release saying they're not pregnant and they can lace up? What if she's lying? Have you ever thought of that? Why not make them pinky swear or cross their fingers, it would be just as stupid. And before I get emails explaining why the release I know it's to protect the Commission from lawsuits. Still, I believe they should throw down a few hundred on some cases of EPT or some other pregnancy tests instead of risking brain damage or worse.

This is the worst thing I've heard since I found out some idiot with a ton of money is trying to bring back roller derby oh and jousting. Then again the Olympic Committee wanted to make Bridge an official event, yup the card game so I don't know why I still get surprised. That being said don't be expecting any roller derby or jousting or bridge blogs because if it comes down to that I'm quitting.

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