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CAN WOMEN’S MMA BREAK OUT AND BECOME MAINSTREAM? By Andrew Gladstone Since the dawn of time, hand-to-hand combat has been considered what only men do and that women are meant for other things such as taking care of the kids, cooking, cleaning and shouldn’t engage in such barbaric activities. Fast-forward to 2011 and we not only have women combatants, we have highly trained fighters spread out across the world. Such organizations as Strikeforce, Bellator, DEEP, and even other promotions such as King of the Cage and Shark Fights have dabbled into promoting female fighting. Unfortunately, for female athletes they’ve hit a potential roadblock with the UFC purchasing Strikeforce. UFC President Dana White and other UFC officials have stated how that the divisions are just not deep enough and that there isn’t enough talent to cross them over. ACCORDING TO THE SHOWTIME TELEVISION RATINGS, CYBORG VS. CARANO IS THE SECOND MOST VIEWED FIGHT IN MMA ON SHOWTIME.