Opinion: Matt Brown’s Topless MMA Fantasies
By Jesse Heitz
It seems like seldom does a week go by where MMA as a whole doesn’t erupt with some sort of ridiculous controversy. This week is no different, and while controversy creates fodder for writers like myself, it doesn’t reflect well upon the sport itself. This week’s controversy centers on current UFC fighter, Matt Brown, and his markedly derogatory comments regarding women’s MMA.
Brown’s outrageous comments were transcribed by the Bleacher Report, and are as follows,
“I just think this, if I’m [going] to pay $60 for a Pay-Per-View to watch women fight they should at least be topless.”
“How many knockouts do you see in women’s fights? It’s not really my thing, I respect what they do, but look, they don’t have the body type or the power, all that sh**, for knockouts. If you’re not a good grappler in women’s MMA then you’re behind. It’s no different than the 125 [pound] division of men’s MMA in that they’re just really not built for knockouts.”
First and foremost, there have been plenty of female fighters that have made a habit of dropping their opponents. For example, prominent female fighters Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, Liz Carmouche, Holly Holm, are all routine exhibitors of the knockout. If Matt Brown was curious, all three of these women have a higher proportion of knockouts amongst their win totals than he does.
All three of the aforementioned women also have substantially better submission defense, lest we forget that all of these folks compete in Mixed Martial Arts, the word “mixed” being the operative word. For a minute there, given Brown’s obsession with the knockout, I was under the impression that we were talking about boxing, where the knockout is the be-all and end-all. Yet that’s not the case, we are in fact talking about MMA, where stunning submissions are just as coveted as rendering your opponent unconscious with strikes.
Now, the topless bit is more difficult to understand. If Matt Brown doesn’t want to watch women fight, that’s perfectly fine, he doesn’t have to shell out $60 to watch them. However, the UFC’s consumer base seems to be more than happy to pay the full freight to watch them fight, as is clearly indicated by the robust pay-per-view buy numbers for UFC cards that feature the likes of Ronda Rousey as a headliner.
If Matt Brown wants to pay $60 to see topless women, then I suggest he simply go to the nearest gentlemen’s club. How he spends his spare time is none of my concern, but if he continues to make asinine comments about women’s MMA—the budding cash cow and meteorically popular segment of the MMA industry, he might find that he no longer has a job and the $60 necessary to buy the pay-per-views that he seems to find less than thrilling.