This blog covers many sports, ideally any sport that women participate in. But the lion’s share of attention goes to combat and strength sports. Nothing so much forces us to rethink timeworn notions about gender as seeing women throwing and taking punches, flexing bulging muscles, or folding frying pans like they were newspapers. These women are the archfeminists of the 21st century; I marvel at their strength and thrill at the brazenness of their deeds.
Here we are hours away from the weigh-in for a women’s MMA title fight that will be the main event on a televised fight card also featuring men. A decisive moment in women’s sport, to put it mildly. If all goes well Saturday night, and the fight meets or exceeds expectations, everything about women and sport will be recast in an altogether new light.
So may the fight be an exciting one, and may the best woman win.