Since the 2004 Olympics introduced women's freestyle wrestling, women in combative sports have seen a boost in popularity and, dare I say, respect.
Recently, there have been rumours that women's boxing will enter the 2012 Olympics Women's MMA and BJJ have risen in popularity since the UFC introduced the Ultimate Fighter reality show in 2005.
Gina Carano has also helped to boost the popularity and recognition of women's combative sports through her Elite XC appearances and "Gladiatoring."
Many women take very seriously their roles in combative sports, whether it's TaekwonDo, wrestling, boxing, MMA, judo, Jiu-jitsu, etc.
Kyra Gracie amazes many BJJ fans with her skill, women all across East Asia make it there day job to practice and perfect martial arts, and combative athletes, like Layla Ali, seek to spread awareness of their perspective sports.
So, the question begs to be asked, are the women who make a mockery of female combative sports through mud wrestling and babe boxing helping or hindering the overall effectiveness and popularity of women in combative sports? Or, does ring girls duking it out with strippers and calling themselves cage fighters not really matter?
For years women have been slinging mud and pudding while ripping off bikinis. And since women's cage fighting has been popularized, the ring girls who should do nothing but look pretty, have decided to duke it out too.
No training needed for these fights. But many fight fans do not know that they are simply watching two inexperienced girls, who should stick to holding round cards, fighting it out.
Does that ruin the credibility of women who really do train six hours a day like the men?
Maybe this is part of the reason Dana White does not want women in the UFC. With all of the garbage promotional booby bouncing boxing floating around out there, White is smart to stay out of the proverbial mud.