In what could go down as one of the worst ideas in mixed martial arts history, the folks at Shooto Brazil have announced that they will be holding a man vs. woman bout next Friday in Rio de Janeiro. The bout will be a three-round bantamweight fight between Emerson Falcao (0-1) and Juliana Velasquez (0-0).
“Andre Pederneiras came up with the idea,” Velasquez said, via MMAFighting.com. “He asked Team Nogueira for a female fighter and my team believes I’m ready, so I accepted the challenge. My expectations are the best. I’m well trained to get there and win.
“I’m used to training with man every day. I’m a professional judoka and I know the adrenaline of the competition, I know how to handle this.”
Falcao recently said on his Facebook page that he is injured and cannot compete until next year, but Shooto president Andre Pederneiras appears to think otherwise. He told MMAFighting.com that Falcao will be able to compete at Shooto Brazil 45 next Friday.
The event will be headlined by a flyweight title fight between Alexandre Pantoja and Lincoln de Sa. Pantoja.
It will be interesting to see what kind of attention the man vs. woman bout will get, but it is hard to imagine that the coverage would be anything positive.