For anyone who fights in MMA, it is expected that in order to climb up in the ranks (as well as survive), one must train their body and mind to handle the rigors of taking on opponents in the Octagon. Even being top-notch in another combat sport (such as boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, etc.) can mean nothing in MMA either. Just ask former boxing champion James Toney how his fight against Randy Couture was.
These days, most of the major MMA promotions are smart in who they book together. And though some bookings may be a bit slanted, most fights are generally on par with some sort of balance. UFC won’t book Ronda Rousey to take on a MMA fighter in her debut. That makes no sense. Yet, some MMA promotions seem not to care. Case and point: Xplode Fight Series booked a MMA fighter, making her pro debut against a “soccer mom.” What do you think would happen?
According to Uproxx, Katie Castro was booked to fight the debuting Ilima-Lei MacFarlene at Xplode Fight Series – Hurricane on January 28, 2015. Upon first glance at Castro, she doesn’t seem to fit the role of MMA fighter. “Soccer mom” seems to be a far better term to explain her. Anyways, Castro is set to take on MacFarlene and once the bell rings, things don’t turn out well for the “soccer mom.” For most people actually, it was gut-wrenching to watch.