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Ask the Doc: Should rounds be extended to five minutes for female MMA fights?

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In this week's edition of "Ask the Doc," I want to respond to the many questions I get about extending the length of rounds for women's MMA bouts.

As most of you know, standard practice has been for women to compete with three, three-minute rounds (rather than the five-minute rounds found in men's MMA).

Should women be treated equally in this sense? I'm going to discuss the topic from the perspective of a doctor -- and a fan.

Let's start by dealing with any potential bias that I may have. I am not a huge fan of the current level of televised women's MMA.

But I truly believe that anyone who wants to compete should be afforded the opportunity. I just don't enjoy a bout that lacks a high level of skill. Man or woman, it makes no difference to me. If you suck, you suck, bottom line. Over time, you may improve -- and when you do, let me know, and I'll watch enthusiastically.

But not until then.




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Post #1   11/5/08 8:23:18AM   

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There should be no difference in round length or number of rounds.

This isn't tennis.

Post #2   11/5/08 10:00:14AM   

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Dr. Johnny Benjamin really shouldn't ever be drawing parallels to boxing, even if their valid if he want to survive in the shark tank that is mma news. Furthermore I think that the addition of 5 minute rounds would give Women's MMA more of a chance to mature. You don't get better by fighting with one glove tied behind your back every time, you get better by being taken into deep waters and pushing one's self. If someone gets injured in the ring/cage well then they knew that risk going in. The women fighting don't need you to be chivalrous towards them Dr. Johnny Benjamin. I didn't enjoy this article, it read like it was from an outsiders perspective who was looking in.

Post #3   11/5/08 10:50:23AM   

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womens mma?

Post #4   11/5/08 3:31:25PM