Anything boys can do, girls can do equally as well. The world of female MMA fighting is proof of that. Women in sports often face silly, sexist stereotypes. Bustle sat down with Holly Holm and Miesha Tate, who broke down the five things female MMA fighters want you to know. The main takeaway? Have an open mind and treat women fighters as equals.
When it comes to the world of mixed martial arts, women have fought hard to be taken seriously and to do what they love. You might think you know a thing or two about female MMA fighting, but there are a few things that fighters and all-around badasses Holm and Tate want you to know. Holm, the current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, and Tate, UFC fighter, opened up about the obstacles they have faced as women in a male-dominated field, sharing a few things they want MMA fans to keep in mind. To put it simply, these athletes want you to stop judging their bodies and to view them as on par with the men in their industry — which is pretty much what many women who aren't MMA fighters want as well.
Female MMA fighters haven't always been taken seriously, but these women have certainly proven that they're anything but a "spectacle." Holm and Tata break down a few more things to know about the sport in the video below.