ByBrooke Mayo, writer at
Bellator flyweight
Brooke Mayo

It's been a few days since I made my (and pro) debut and I still feel the exact same way as when it ended.

When stopped the fight and asked the doctor to enter the cage to evaluate me, I felt fine. I could see, I wasn't hurting... I could continue. I begged for them to let me finish the bout. There were :56 seconds left in the final round, and I felt that I deserved the chance to complete those seconds.

I feel that if I had been a man, they might have let the fight go on. I am a woman and I think that it's hard sometimes for men to see women with these kinds of injuries and not want to step in. But I signed a contract, I knew what I was getting myself into and I had every right (and desire) to keep fighting. I am not made of glass!

I can understand and respect that John and the doctor were doing their jobs and were trying to protect me; but I do wonder why I wasn't examined further before having the fight stopped, and why male fighters (like ) are given the chance to finish fights with injuries that are similar.

In fact, when I went to the hospital they basically told me I had a bruise. A BRUISE. Matt Mitrione had a broken orbital and they let him keep fighting.

I'm tough, I knew going into the fight with Veta that it would be a war. I knew that I would be banged up, that's part of the job. We had gone two full rounds and were about to finish the third.

It's tough to lose like that. I won't let it stop me though. I will be back stronger than ever.


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