Monday, October 8, 2018

The women of UFC 229 #wmma

Michelle Waterson Instagram

There were three women's MMA bouts on UFC229 this weekend, but you'd hardly know that from the coverage. Obviously as an Irish person I did have an interest in the main bout, but everything else got buried this time between that fight and the drama afterwards.

You probably know the results by now, and if not see link at the bottom of this post. The fight between Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig caught my eye particularly because of their muaythai background. So many UFC fighters come in with judo or other grappling backgrounds, it’s interesting to see this type of battle. Teeps (push-kicks), head-kicks, nifty hand work, it was entertaining.

And Waterson being a married mother too presents a different side to MMA  - a wholly different side to the mayhem we saw at this particular event. She’s mentioned in a few interviews how her husband supports her, and she’s said one of her motivations is paying him back for working so hard so she could train.

Good video interview here with Felice Herrig on what Fighting Spirit means to her. Honest and open on coming back after a loss, she says: "If I wasn't feeling miserable, I felt I wasn't trying hard enough".  I did laugh though at the very unsubtle product placement by the beer company sponsor all over the video.

And a post-fight video interview here with Michelle Waterson from Saturday UFC229. #

Lina Lansberg via Instagram

Another former muaythai fighter Lina Lansberg from Sweden lost out in a fight that was also mainly stand-up striking. Yana Kunitskaya won that.

I was sad to see Tonya Evinger go out in the first round, defeated by Aspen Ladd. She's been involved in #wmma for so long, it's great to see her getting a shot at the big (ger) money on offer now. I loved how her fans reacted to her loss, far more support and cheer than you'd expect. Check out her Twitter account for comments and replies.

Full results UFC 229

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