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Friday, 12/13/2013, 09:03 am

UFC Strawweight Bec Hyatt On The “Huge Role” Of Sex Appeal In Women’s MMA

When you type “MMA¬†women” into Google’s search engine, you get a fairly accurate representation of societies outlook on the fairer sex in the world of combat sports. “The 12 Hottest Women in MMA“‚Ķ “Brutal Women’s MMA¬†Knockout!”‚Ķ “The Pound-For-Pound best Women in MMA¬†Today” and “Sexiest arms in Women’s MMA” are just some of the headlines you’ll see as you scroll down through the search results.

(“Sexiest arms“? Really, guys?)

It’s like this wherever you go. Whether you’re on an MMA¬†forum, or at a bar for fight night, or at a buddy’s house, or if you’re flipping through the pages of your favorite MMA¬†magazine, sometimes the conversation is about how good a woman fighter is, and sometimes it’s about how good-looking a woman fighter is.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And if you ask newly signed¬†UFC strawweight¬†Bec Hyatt, she would tell you that sex sells – not just in MMA, but in any sport.

Hyatt had this to say on the subject, while speaking with Sirius XM Fight Club on Thursday:

I think it plays a big part in women’s MMA and any sport, really. People try to think that it doesn’t but, really, we all judge people. We’re all looking at that one guy going, ‘he’s hot.’ So I think it does play a huge role. I try to let my fighting do the talking. I don’t like showing my butt and getting my boobs out and stuff like that. I do not sell myself like that, but I’m sure I’ve got a few fans because they like the way I look. I don’t know. Yea, I like to let the fighting do the talking but if people follow me because they like that I have tattoos or crazy hair then so be it. It doesn’t worry me why people follow me. As long as I stay true to myself. I always say I’ll never sell my soul. I’ll never do a naked shoot or anything like that, but each to their own.”

No matter the reasons, Hyatt does have quite the loyal following. It could be her aggressive fighting style, or it could be her colorful wardrobe and hair. But – like most dynamic people in professional sports – it’s quite likely a little from column A, a little from column B. And now that she’s signed on for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, that loyal following is about to have an influx of new members. A proposal that clearly excites Hyatt:

I welcome it. I love the exposure. As you know, they call me the marketing genius. I think it’s awesome. The exposure us girls are going to get is going to be amazing. Just like the 135ers. It’s really helped women’s MMA take off. There’s nothing bad that can come out of this. Nothing at all.”

As to who she would like to see coaching the next installment of the show? Well… her answer was as unique as her hairdos:

I think it’d be really cool to have men coaches. Just to change it up a bit. Like the last season was women coaches so give two guys a spot. I was thinking of Demetrius Johnson or someone like that, the little guys. Little midget for entertainment.”

That’s “little people”, Bec.

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