Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Aren’t There More Black Women in UFC?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
How come there are essentially no Black women in the UFC? I feel like your average sister could take down Ronda Rousey in like five second. Are African American women not allowed in the UFC? If you look at the top male fighters a lot of them are Black like Jon Jones and Anderson Silva so it would make sense that a Black woman should be the champion in the women’s division of UFC. -- Riley from Cleveland, Ohio

Dear Laynisha:
Black women are allowed in the UFC as far as I know. My best guess as to why you don’t see more African American women in cagefighting is it’s just not a hobby that interests the female Black community in general. It’s the same reason you rarely see African American people do those Ironman triathlons, Winter Olympics, or the X Games. Certain hobbies are just suited mostly for bored White people. I don’t think there’s any established reason why more Black people don’t get into them particularly women, but it’s just a confluence of cultural coincidences. Primarily I think this has to do with parenting. Perhaps not enough African Americans give their daughters jiu-jitsu and martial arts training as options for hobbies. I’m sure one day you will see a Black woman in UFC who really dominates the way Serena Williams does in tennis, but until then we’ll just have to settle for watching White women try to break each other’s arms.

Things like triathlons and MMA require a lot of spare time and as they say, nobody has time for that.

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