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The Legitimacy of the “Others”

“Mama said there’d be days like this, days where there just isn’t much going on the world of mixed martial arts. It happens to every sport, only most leagues are seasonal and as such have predictable offseasons that allow us to mentally prepare for their absence.

Alas, there is no offseason for MMA, which is usually pretty nice since the stretches between big fights is a matter of weeks instead of months, but occasionally that leaves us with weekends like this, where we have little to do except marvel at the discovery of nicknames like “The Ginger with Intent to Injure.” It also gives us a chance to revel at the magic of MMA, because even where there doesn’t seem to be much going on, there’s always something going on.

For starters, there was an unfortunately under-promoted Invicta Fighting Championships card that turned out to be pretty entertaining start to finish. The co-main event pitted the No. 1 atomweight on the planet, Ayaka Hamasaki, against top-10 strawweight and former Invicta champion Livia Renata Souza. Meanwhile, the main event featured Tonya Evinger, one of the most accomplished female bantamweights in the history of the sport, in a rematch with Yana Kunitskaya. Neither of those fights disappointed…”

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