Cindy Dandois: MMA Fighter Fought While Pregnant, Is That Even Legal?
Cindy Dandois Fought While Pregnant, May Have Broken Laws In the Process
Cindy Dandois is a promising young female MMA fighter, who looked poised to take on Gina Carano, still the face of women's MMA, in her next bout in June. There's just one problem: Dandois is three-and-a-half months pregnant.
While that doesn't seem like a big deal (it would be a different story if, say, Tito Ortiz missed a fight because he was pregnant), consider this: Dandois last got into the ring on March 19.
For those not so good at math, let's look at that again: Dandois fought in Europe when she was two months pregnant.
If you're just as baffled as I was, get this: she won. That's right, despite the obvious disadvantage of being pregnant, Dandois took down Jorina Baars in that fight to earn the right to take on Carano.
I'm sure that many of you are wondering whether what she did was legal; after all, taking a literal beating while pregnant isn't exactly something your gynecologist would recommend during pregnancy, now is it?
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The answer to your question is a resounding no; female fighters in the U.S. must submit to a pregnancy test before any bout.
But, because Dandois was fighting in Europe, all she had to do was sign a paper saying she wasn't pregnant, and she could fight. While it's likely that Dandois didn't realize she was pregnant at the time, that doesn't make her decision any smarter or safer for her, or her now infamous baby.
This has to rank as one of the strangest stories in MMA history, because it really isn't every day that you hear about a fighter fighting while pregnant, much less winning said bout.
It's not hard for a woman not to know she's pregnant that late into her term, but as an MMA fighter, wouldn't you check every once in a while, just to make sure? One would think the last thing you'd want to do is to put your baby at risk by fighting, but, apparently, Dandois had no idea she was.
Let's just chalk this one up to ignorance, rather than abject stupidity (she didn't know, rather than she knew and fought anyway) and move on, shall we?
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