The four male fighters sitting on stage Thursday during the pre-fight press conference for UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche had to know the question was coming. With two females headlining the card in UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche, the majority of the attention has been on them.
Dan Henderson, Lyoto Machida, Josh Koscheck and Robbie Lawler all appear quite fine with that, as all four offered up their thoughts on female MMA.
Henderson, who will face Machida in the co-main event for a future shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, said, “I think it’s great. I have women that train in my gym all the time that are hoping to get where these women have got. I am excited I get to watch the last fight.”
Machida, a former UFC light heavyweight champion himself who has been in the main event several times, echoed those thoughts, adding, “I believed there would come a time the UFC would open the doors to women fighting. I am happy to be on this card with women headlining.”
Koscheck is returning from a lengthy absence due to a training injury, but he on board with women’s MMA.
“I think it’s a good thing for our sport. It is bringing in a lot of new attention to the sport, new media,” he said. “Hopefully, they can build a good enough group of girls that can come in and compete at the top level.”
And Lawler, who will fight for the first time in the Octagon in a number of years against Koscheck, stated, “I think it’s awesome. These girls have trained hard. They go out there, bang it out and are doing everything that everybody else is doing.”