‘Doctors Treat Women Differently In MMA’

Bellator flyweight Brooke “The Bully” Mayo made her Bellator debut last weekend at Bellator 172 in a drag-out bout with Veta Arteaga that saw Mayo gaining the upperhand throughout the majority of the bout.

Unfortunately for “The Bully,” the fight did not quite go the distance, as the doctor halted the bout with fifty-six seconds left in the third round. Mayo was forced to leave with a TKO loss by means of doctor stoppage.

During the doctor’s evaluation, Mayo consistently protested that she could see. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Mayo explained that her discontent with the stoppage has not changed much since the bout.

“I’m still going to be upset about it. I’ve watched MMA for a while now, and I’ve watched other fights. And even in the (Bellator 172) prelims, I saw my friend, and his eye got completely cut open in the same area as my eye, and he ended up getting a bunch of stitches and all that, and they let him continue to fight.” Mayo said.

“So I just feel as if – this is just my opinion and, not trying to bash anybody or to blame anybody, but I just feel as women we’re kind of treated differently.”

“And would you have done that to a man? Like, would you have done that to Mitrione?”

Matt Mitrione broke an orbital bone during his bout with Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 81, while Mayo confessed to MMA Junkie that she did not receive any broken bones within her recent bout.

While “is it broken?” hardly defines the medical parameters for a proper TKO stoppage like this, it can be easy to overlook legitimate concerns from athletes. After all, what defines if a fighter is capable of carrying on without causing unnecessary damage can be a tough thing to tell, especially if you are not a certified medical doctor.