New UFC strawweight Bec Hyatt has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. In just over two years of fighting as a professional (5-3 overall), Hyatt has cultivated one of the more loyal, rabid fanbases in women's MMA. Speaking with SiriusXM Fight Club Thursday, Hyatt admits that sex appeal plays a large role in gaining exposure in women's MMA, but believes the same could be said of every other sport.
"I think it plays a big part in women's MMA and any sport, really," says Hyatt. "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."
As one might expect, Hyatt is particularly excited about being introduced to larger audiences through 'The Ultimate Fighter.'
"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."
While several UFC women's bantamweights have stated an interest in coaching the series' next installment, Hyatt wouldn't mind training with a pair of the top flyweights.
"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."
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via leriksson.
This is the news I've been waiting for.
11 strawweights extracted from Invicta for TUF in the summer, 5 more girls will be chosen by open try-outs, the 11 strawweights were given 32 thousand up front. Esparza got 40 thousand for being the Invicta Champ.
I have a plethora of copious, abundant, surplus thoughts for this news. And I don't really know where to start so here goes.
First off, I wrote a couple hundred words about how I loved that TUF would get the girls maximum exposure, but also how I hated that it would be taped and not live. It was painful to write, so I'm just gonna sum it up.
I never followed the male TUF at all through any social media, so I never knew what was going to happen (it was like watching it live), but I had an added interest in the women this past season, seeing as I "cover" it and what not, so I was on Twitter, checking out what was being said. The girls and coaches (Mostly Miesha, since Ronda was filming) gave so much and there not exactly spoilers, but definitely "indication" of what was happening. I don't wanna know it's gonna be a great fight. I don't wanna know it's must-see. And when I see a girl promoting the hell out of her fight (Tweeting, doing interviews etc), i.e. Julianna Pena, I can't help but think this girl ain't losing. And this proved true. It took out the suspense and some unpredictability of many fights.
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