Admiring the warrior spirit of women

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Peter Cariño

Conrad M. Cariño

I really do not know if women should be called upon to do what men are used to doing dangerously, like fighting. For thousands of years, it was us, the men, who were called on to fight, and yes, real men should be ready to get their faces bruised or even take a bullet to protect their loved ones. (So you girls out there, if you want to find out if the guy you are dating is a real man, ask him ‘are you willing to take a bullet for me?’)

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Alexander the Great led great armies of men into war, while the women were asked to flee or even cower in fear. And this has been the case of all the wars we have seen so far—99.99 percent of fighting (a good number of them senseless) were done by men. And when it became fashionable for fighting to become a sport (as in the case of boxing), the world was still treated to men trying to beat the hell out of their fellow men.

But times have changed, and more women are now exploring their “warrior side,” with a growing number getting into the ring to fight. At first, I found women entering the fight game unthinkable, because women by nature are more vain than men (don’t debate that please), and the last thing a vain creature wants is to get her or his (yup, men can be vain too) face beaten black and blue.

So I really admire women who get into the ring, because losing degree of their beauty from trading punches and kicks is no joke. Go ask a very vain man if he is willing to be a professional fighter and lose a degree of his good looks; the most likely answer you will get is “no.”

And on August 29, two Asian mixed martial arts fighters in Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton of the Philippines and Ann Osman of Malaysia will square off in ONE Fighting Championship’s first event in Dubai, in what I would call an interesting clash of two good looking (is that an understatement?) lady gladiators.

Everybody knows Julaton as the former professional boxer who had an 18-4-1 record with 13 knockouts. She now has a 1-0 record with one knockout in MMA over Aya Saeid Saber on May 2, 2014.

Nothing much yet is known about Osman, except that her record is 0-1, or she has yet to win an MMA bout. Her loss was by split-decision to Sherilyn Lim on October 18, 2013 also in ONE FC.

Yahoo.com recently posted pictures of Osman to show that she is a looker, and I would not debate that. But Julaton is not far behind in looks either. Boy, I hate to see either of these ladies go home bloodied or bruised after their fight, but give credit to them for wanting to square off the ring.

Actually, it really puzzles me as to why good looking women would like to try their hand in MMA, and Saber and Lim also have charming looks. And it did not surprise me that Gemmalyn Crosby, a Filipina based in the US, has included MMA in her training.

Perhaps more and more women want to project that there is more to their beauty and femininity, and that they can be warriors in their own right. I don’t know how many men are threatened by that (I’m not . . . ).

Well, there could be a benefit of women taking a great interest in combat sports, because that would require less men to be “Knights in Shining Armor,” (which can be very difficult). Not that I am asking males to do away with their “protector” duties, because in the end it would still be unimaginable for a woman to take a bullet in defense of her loved ones. That’s still a man’s duty.

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