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Women fighters carving their own niche in MMA

Fighting isn't for everyone, and fighting women have had their fair share of detractors over the years. But as MMA becomes more accepted, more and more women are taking to the cage.

Originally Published: December 18, 2007
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

Mixed martial arts can be an acquired taste, and the sight of one man sitting astride another, raining blows down on his opponent's face, isn't for everybody.

Even those who can see the scientific aspects to boxing sometimes find the sight of a well-executed ground-and-pound session too gritty for their taste.

Those who can't stomach two men engaging in such fierce combat are even less likely to accept the concept of two women trading bombs and getting their faces rearranged.

But ...

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