The Show Must Go On

Pearl Gonzalez was considered to be an up and coming fighter out of Chicago looking to make her mark in the world of mixed martial arts by joining the UFC in the women’s strawweight classification. 

Yet, the fight nearly didn’t take place for a rather odd reason: Gonzalez has breast implants. The MMA fighter had seven fights coming into the UFC, losing her MMA debut before winning six straight fights to get the UFC’s attention. Her fight did go off as scheduled, but Cynthia Calvillo spoiled the debut, making Pearl tap in the third round. Calvillo stays undefeated at 5-0, while Gonzalez dropped to 6-2 in her overall career. 

Needless to say, I’ve never heard of implants ever being an issue amongst women fighters before, but I can’t say I’m a big follower of MMA fights. But, the New York State Athletic Commission has such a rule, for fear of a woman getting struck there, causing the implant to rupture.

A lot of models get the implants for reasons of appearance. And not to sound like Jimmy The Greek or anything, but female bodybuilders often get boob jobs because without them, their usual female form would look much like a man’s, chest-wise. There. Hope I said that with enough tact. And, much like the scripted WWE, it could be said that the UFC likes to perpetuate the myth that good fighters are also good looking when those two attributes don’t always go hand in hand with each other.

I could have sworn Ronda Rousey had such a surgery, but I could be mistaken. In fact, I could easily be mistaken. If Gonzalez wants to fight and take the medical risks of having an implant leak on her, she should be so allowed.