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Aspiring ring card boys face uphill battle for acceptance in MMA

Aspiring ring card boys face an uphill battle for acceptance
Aspiring ring card boys face an uphill battle for acceptance
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According to a March 19 report from NESN, ring card girls face a slew of tough challenges, including learning how to deal with nasty verbal jabs from fighters.

Recently, UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste found herself in a bit of a feud with UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, which played out in an ugly manner in the media.

Celeste recently called out Rousey for being a bad role model for women, and the star judoka fired back by mocking her for how long it took to come up with a response.

“Those comments from the Maxim thing were from 12 months ago,” Rousey said. “Does it take her a year to come up with a comeback?”

Celeste obviously had a lot to deal with as far as dealing with Rousey, but ring card boys face other difficult challenges.

There are over a dozen MMA promotions that employ ring card girls, and none that have ring card boys.

The opportunities simply aren't there.

Sex discrimination?

Ring card girls are important to the overall fan experience at live MMA events.

Often times, fight fans attending live MMA events don't get to meet the fighters, but they do have the chance for a pic and an autograph with the ring girls.

Essentially, this means that ring girls are brand ambassadors. They help make live MMA events more of an interactive experience for the fans.

They take some of the burden of meet-and-greet sessions off the fighters' shoulders, and help get more eyeballs on the promotion.

Ring card girls also walk around the cage or ring, while holding up a card to let fans know what round a fight is heading into.

Potential lawsuit?

A male or female can perform these functions and, therefore, MMA promotions are not entitled to the defense of bona-fide occupational qualification.

This is a defense based on age, sex, religion, or national origin, which allows discrimination where the protected class such as "female" is reasonably necessary to the normal operation of that particular business.

To qualify as a bona-fide occupational qualification defense, a job qualification must relate to the essence, or to the central mission of the employer’s business.

With that said, it's safe to say MMA promotions could land in some hot water if it comes out that they refuse to even consider men for their ring card positions.

Should more MMA promotions have ring card boys? Let us know in the comments or tweet the author, @BadNewsEric.

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