If you didn’t know who Mark Bocek was when he competed in the UFC, he is certainly making sure that you don’t forget him on his way out.
The recently-retired MMA fighter from Canada has presented a laundry list of reasons for his unprecedented retirement and ha said that his lack of motivation, brain damage and difficult weight cuts were the core reasons for his decision to exit the sport, but has used his small platform to highlight many of his opinions on where the UFC is going. He has criticized the organization’s handling of PEDs (performing enhancing drugs) and yesterday, on The MMA Hour spoke at length about how the UFC favoured “female-MMA” over men’s fighting.
“The direction of MMA is they’re pushing the female-MMA – Ronda (Rousey) technically the pound-for-pound best fighter,” Bocek told The MMA Hour. “We’ll put experienced, accomplished male MMA fighters on undercards but we’ll put females who started training last year in the co-main event. That direction was part of the persuasion that forced me to get out.”
Bocek was clearly not impressed with the rise of Felice Herrig, who chose to promote themselves through sexual appeal as well as fighting ability.
“It is difficult for an elite female MMA fighter to get in (the UFC), but if she has some decent skills and some cool bikini shots then she can get in.”
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