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What of the Fox News fight game I'm Mike Straka.
And wouldn't talk a little bit today about women's mixed martial arts now.
I've long been opposed to women's mixed martial arts until I saw it -- -- the fight -- a trial on showtime.
Now we're looking -- today to have two people who know a lot about women's -- more flex -- popcorn.
Is a pioneer.
In women's mixed martial arts and this is Julie -- who I was just talking about.
Guys thanks for joining us -- thanks for having great -- What is the future Jeff of women's and it may now obviously -- CBS experiment went pretty well for women's and and -- 18 o'clock in the book came across looking really really good.
In both of those shows.
On the showtime show is what turned around when -- and a man I mean I was against it until let's say -- -- But what does the future.
You know for a while women's MMA was was.
Take any industry by storm you had -- dog fight doing regular women's match is crowning -- first champion.
I -- though is talking about a women's league lead -- obviously as you stated.
-- took the forefront and the women started gaining popularity but since then.
All of those companies have died and women's MMA is kind of there's people say it's dead.
I don't believe that at all I think we're -- it kind of in a comatose state right now and something needs to bring it -- -- you have an event this month in Evansville Indiana it's called cheat sites -- chief white dot TV girl plates.
And tell me a little bit about how that's come about it's it's a Grand Prix tournament isn't it yeah it's it's.
Kind of an overall experience like you know Julie.
I've met her for five years ago I didn't -- -- girl fighters in Indiana and and where -- came up with -- fight was.
I was in the gym one time and it was actually.
After that tournament or solicit you fight this joke around one of the guys that you fight like a girl and I'm like it's really a bad thing.
Because -- we we talked before -- these women just north towards the steal the show every time they take center stage.
And I decided to do this whole week -- convention.
Bringing amateur women fighters together doing -- eight woman Grand Prix.
Which means in one single night a woman will become a star because she has to beat three other women.
Now Julie you were actually the jets' first champion but you have an opportunity to travel mixed martial destroy you I mean you bet that a mere Putin Berlusconi from Italy.
Tell me what anime is done for you just as a person aside from that the sport.
Well as I guess as a person mixed martial arts hasn't basically forged my life.
Like I think everybody takes kind of you know you take a journey in life like you -- you -- -- finally like to do.
-- final and I love to do and actually fortunate enough to be in a situation where I get to follow my passion and I get to be an artist to create.
And I think that's what I was meant to do even though it's in a physical ground.
So honestly mixed martial arts if I had never been on television if -- never gonna travel everywhere everywhere you know I've gotten to.
I'd still be on this incredible journey because of -- -- are thinking -- amendment today.
Pretty train with a -- Greg Jackson Greg Jackson obviously -- Rashad Evans.
Church saint Pierre to chant -- and UNC.
Wouldn't like treating with that kind of -- of of talent.
Well the wonderful part of -- -- that I don't need to have further you're not up.
Don't get the kind of pathetic and I hate it I think -- wonderful thing about trading at Jackson's is that.
You kept hitting it like.
The roundtable on mentality like really king Arthur and that that kind of mythological.
Setting because it's everybody bringing their own talents in the table and and pulling them from each other.
There's somebody's gonna well -- in celebrities well around at the school excuse -- But -- it which are gonna find one person's excelling in this and then the other -- is that excelling in math.
And everybody brings each other it's a very very family oriented team oriented were really really strong.
And you know Rashad winning is amazing that everybody would have been proud of him if he walked -- just you know just -- Knocked out of the fight you know haven't thought well.
Jeff do people still not know what the definition of mixed martial arts is is that part of the problem here.
You know that the CBS thing helped obviously USC has done.
Phenomenal job in marketing I mean they're they're leading.
Paper view paper view dominating the -- -- you -- for the first time.
There's fifteen people use top interviews in the year 2000.
Ten of those were you -- C three of those were boxing to those -- WWA.
A note to work boxing favorite to be giving -- so obviously you have -- doing something right.
Speaking of -- -- take a listen real quick to what Dana White told me.
About having women in the W we see check this out you know -- -- what it.
Biggest fighters on the planet right now I should -- commands an audience she's really good you say they're good they're good chance to WC what does that mean.
Yeah I like you grunt I have nothing against well you know people they don't against yeah women and and the -- It's not true to the reality is there aren't enough good women out there -- started division -- same problem that women's boxing -- So that's got to be good news for you right that's wonderful news I -- to hear that you know yea Dana -- -- but is -- -- future for you.
To work with -- and UFC because you you obviously have Morgan in with all the women fighters yet.
I've always looked at myself as kind of a farm club in fact right here his first fight was an in my organization.
You have seen.
You know veterans and champions -- started in small groups like mine I would love to be the farm system for the women.
Many exchange a few emails -- data back and forth and my hope there's some interest there.
About you for second.
You thought -- showtime you admit that -- -- -- and -- -- absolutely it was a great fight and now she did come across come up with a lot of criticism from.
The -- -- -- because directed file women in the -- because.
Basically she's really pretty.
And she's gotten a lot of attention and that's the way the media works.
But do you think that that after watching her fight after fighting with -- -- any criticism is warranted.
I don't know if if there was any criticism about basing somebody on the somebody's skill level or you're using there.
Their looks to assess the skill level -- say that's basically the part of the media and the promoters offense media.
But Gina is -- I knew she was the real deal before I -- her.
I knew she was the real deal a 100% after a -- I've never any doubts that -- -- You know she's -- amazing fighter and she is really coming up there and I really think she's going to be one of the best in the world if not you know on that level on the playing field already.
You know she's -- absolutely actually beautiful girl and she's a nice person and it kind of sucks to hear you know people kind of level -- -- -- she's just there has ever faced justice there but you know.
That really actually doesn't have much to do with her because she's in the gym working in training you can you can -- so I'm.
Really proud to have her represent women -- women I think she's a great great spokesperson for.
In having people like Gina represent women does -- does that help you would recruiting women you're talking also about some.
Other inspirational stories like a fourteen year old grandmother.
All these -- -- they they come from so many walks of life like you said a grandmother.
-- didn't ask to be born beautiful she obviously is.
You know me as a promoter and I don't I don't like calling myself from our root -- of the stigma there.
I -- all walks of life I wanna show other women that someone like Julie who is kind of a Buckner.
Did you know she's this she's very well educated.
It different walks of life different strokes different folks and the more women training in mixed martial arts the better I think.
And -- a year you're very beautiful to -- thank you.
But -- as a -- though having beautiful women fight each other doesn't hurt does it.
I'll agree with that you know the first show.
I -- -- when he went to choose from in North America and 2005 the numbers growing in 2007.
Worth the way -- -- and these women are stripping for lack of a better word I mean have you bras and panties to weigh in.
You know there's people don't you find these girls and pure accident and there you know they're they're all gorgeous in their own way and that's just a side effect me.
Now when you waiting for additional pretty -- -- a tough night and obviously if you if you Google.
Julie kids you'll see a lot of pictures of you weighing in January and sports bra and and that the sports shorts.
Is that embarrassing I mean does it come because men don't really care.
I eat well.
There's -- little main part of me that really enjoys having a fit and toned body I'm not -- -- you know.
But I'm also I -- you had to have a modest -- to be too so it's kind of exhibition inside Warren with my -- sides of him at times and then there's a minute tenderly care yeah that's me.
-- -- -- -- -- There's there's a stigma with women athletes whether your tennis player whether your soccer player whether -- fighter.
That women athletes take steroids and -- only way they can compete what do you what do you say to that kind of criticism.
Well that criticism actually has been leveled against me and I've.
Never taken steroids in my life I eight don't.
My stance on performing and -- performance enhancing drugs is why I mean why bother if you can be the best fighter you can be without having to use something to help you.
So you know I can see that people people say that about some of the female fighters.
I know one of them tested positive and then that's unfortunate but I as far as I'm concerned I think the majority of them don't don't use I think that you know a lot of -- 100% clean up.
Hillary take a look at of this triangle -- at the strangle you were fighting in Saint Petersburg.
Now this triangle choke that you have on and -- quoting here what's her name you neighbors of congress right.
Doubtless be very very tiring for you is -- -- didn't tap and how how how tight are you choking her.
Well actually the mounted triangle because the way physics works it would have been actually really hard -- six -- out from the top I would have had to extend her arm a little bit differently.
And about when I was a little tired to come out I was.
I want to grant a pattern and finisher in.
Right now let's talk about that for second you know.
With the men you see everybody's like you said Heather has -- -- strength BJ Penn is a great Brazilian jujitsu fighter although he's got great stand up now to -- here for him as well ratified or no.
With the exception of -- -- Rashad Evans great -- great wrestling but it even better stand up we've seen these days which is which is crazy and you you train with for -- -- and what is your strength.
I at the moment I think I'm probably stronger on the ground the name -- my feet however I have the amazing kind of length -- John as a coach and he's the one who coached.
We shot and ends and then keep dirty and these fighters and he's really brought my my game up.
I think I'm a little stronger on the ground at the moment but honestly I'm still a brawler I have reached my full potential as -- -- -- the fact.
Right this is gonna sound very sexist thing to say and -- Do you guys have knocked out power because I've never really seen a women get when we get knocked out yes if you've seen -- young fight women have -- -- power that's.
Because I see a lot of you mean even when you -- were patting each other UN the rush whom were patting each other and it and it looks painful but there's no knock out there.
I have a pretty good job like it's not bragging it's -- it's one of my strengths is a fighter I have a good job and I take equity capital to -- should -- But -- I take a lot of punishment I think women are also.
Able to take a little bit more punishment -- women do have knockout power.
Now this is no it I think this is relevant because you said women only steal the show part of them stealing the show is that they go -- it.
-- stand up and they really beat the you know what out of each other.
Men on the other hand if if Rampage Jackson put his Bentley Silva the way Julie -- is.
One of her opponents obviously you saw what happened with -- went down.
So could it be that guys are getting knocked out faster than women and that's why women are stealing the show.
I've always said this about women it's it's.
More about fight with the men it's more about an eagle fighting not to lose.
I've had several women's fights and that and then knock outs I actually seeing some footage.
Like she said -- young knocked out three women and one single night.
-- -- -- has been knocked out.
I think that the your -- preterm Jan Finney not to -- -- it's there the women.
You know may not have the big giant arms and shoulders and punching power that men do but they can take a lot more punishment.
And other gas tanks are better my opinion.
-- -- a reality show right movies.
Talk shows obviously here some media.
What what do you think is next what can you do as an athlete as an elite athlete in women's -- to help this.
We're -- honestly work up to my full potential be the best fighter in the world that's what I can do.
My name is out there I don't think I have the quite the marquee status that some really -- -- that's not good enough that.
Being the best let's look at that Britain for the sport if you -- for the sport.
Well -- where does have to suffer because it's good enough for me to be the best well.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- You have -- was in trouble until it had a reality show on on spike TV and he could there be realities of women's and and they could that possibly save the sport.
I think it would add a lot I think yet there's I think I've heard of several reality shows in the works and I don't know what that conditions are around them.
Thumb but yeah I think -- -- a lot of attention if you got three media.
I agree I've said this before -- -- in 2002 the first person to get this on television will be the -- USC.
Obviously the -- I feel that strongly about the women's product to.
Clearly it works I mean the -- fights on both CBS shows.
We're on raiders' big ravens' great fights they were big they were the that the best place in the -- and I'm not on any of them.
And a lot of had to do with -- pushing the wrong fighter perhaps if they push Jake Shields or or more.
Scott what's -- -- -- I think Scott Smith I think that might it help the lead -- little more than pushing Kimbo Slice.
So I like him although I think he's very remarkable all pay to see him win or lose you know same thing Regina will pay you see any -- Paronto fight she's them marketable.
I mean I have.
Kind image and agenda would this whole thing we we're on of your choice -- -- -- first women's.
Women make paper view and in fact in two or three days.
It's kind of a test to see if we can do -- tape delay.
On in the man so if the numbers come -- good that's a positive step and I'm also.
You know MMA -- say this I know I've joked about it with you privately but it.
Women's MMA -- bail out.
Everybody else is asking for one have I have been in May so it's gonna happen I think something good is gonna happen within the next two years for -- and -- You're optimistic as well absolutely.
-- -- January 17 sixteenth and seventeenth succeeds in.
Evansville Indiana amateur show on January 16 pro show on the seventeenth and the largest gathering of women's mixed martial artist ever.
Already over eighty women going to be there -- could need to get some competition -- and beyond television up.
We're filming everything -- to be found an HD and as I said I hope the of your choice candidate thing goes well and you know.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Plating on -- -- in the seventeenth.
You know might be a week later a week later I'm not sure that hit that life goes on yeah.
-- any final words I don't I just want to say thank you.
-- having a thank you for the exposure and -- women's -- training keep doing it because artists that.
Fred thanks for coming and this is Fox News fight game on Mike Straka until next time -- took place.
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