MMA fighter Maureen “Baby Face” Riodron – along with her opponent Brenda “The Southern Queen” Rodriguez – made history this past weekend by being the first female fight for the Glory World Series kickboxing promotion.
After watching Glory 15 and seeing Twitter commentary from The one-woman Minnesota Wrecking Crew Kaitlin Young, I wondered when women would get a chance to lace up the black – and white – gloves and showcase their skills and last Saturday my wishes came true.
In the last few months, MMA fighters like Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Kaiyanna Rain have made the transition from MMA to kickboxing. Not only have Riodron and Rodriguez made this transition, but they may have opened doors for future women’s fights to be showcased on Glory.
Even with women’s MMA going through its boom period, women’s kickboxing could rise in popularity. Lion Fight has already showed several competitive bouts, including the classic match between the Cyborg and Jorina Baars.
Although Glory is still gaining momentum in the United States, the promotion could eventually host a tournament – or tournaments – featuring women. From there they could establish one or more weight classes for female fighters. This would give female kickboxers and Muay Thai fighters who don’t want to fight in mixed martial arts a chance to earn a living and showcase their skills.
As for Riodron and Rodriguez, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before we see them back in the Glory ring.
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