Breast size. Should it be taken into account when determining female weight classes and divisions in MMA? It should be. That’s the opinion of a fair few women fighters.
Brye Anne Russillo hit the headlines recently after opening up about how hard having large breasts can be for a female mixed martial artist and how it can skew weight classes and divisions and led to unfair fights. “I can’t cut my tits off and put them on the side, they weigh 12 pounds,” she famously said.
But should breast size be taken into account and have the weight of them effectively minused off the overall total? After all, breast weight can’t give a fighter too much advantage, surely?!
Not all women are the same, of course. Some fighters can lose weight from their top half with ease – it’s the first thing that goes when sweating down. But others struggle and that make parking weight to hit weight limits tricky. “I have the body type where I lose weight from my chest first and my ass last,” Ronda Rousey says about it. “I have easier cuts than some girls that have the reverse problem.”
Russillo explains her ‘home-made breast reduction technique’: “I put makeup remover on [my breasts] and then sit in the sauna, because someone told me that it opens your pores and helps you sweat. Then I’ll put hemorrhoid cream on them and wrap them over night. I start doing this three nights before the fight.”
It’s a strange debate and one we never thought about until now. We’ll have to wait and see what the sport’s governing bodies think about it. Watch this space.