WMMA athletes utilize flatulence and ‘natural’ body odor as part of fight strategy.
Missouri bantamweight Brittany Dugas said on May 13 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that some female MMA athletes utilize flatulence and body odor as part of their fight strategies.
Dugas, an undefeated amateur who has drawn interest of late from some of the top pro MMA promotions in the world, recalled a time when one of her opponents smelled so bad during a match that she was forced to transition out of a potential fight-ending position. "I've fought a smelly girl before and it did throw me off cause I went to north-south position, and the smell was so bad that I transitioned right back," Dugas said. "I swear I was like 'oh no,' and jumped right back out of north-south. Yeah she needed a shower."
Dugas did not reveal which of her former opponents she was talking about, but she explained that it's a fairly common practice for fighters to smell bad during training or during fights. "Dudes do that a lot," Dugas said of fighters having body odor, perhaps on purpose as a tactic to throw their opponents off their game. "They stink and it's gross. I won't roll with you if hygiene is bad. Good hygiene is a must. I'll tell you to go wash your a** if you show up to BJJ smelling foul."
Texas MMA prospect Erika Garcia, a 23-year-old amateur who trains in Corpus Christi, made similar comments about flatulence and body odor as part of in-fight strategy. "Farting on an opponent might be a good technique because if it's really bad, they will smell and say 'ew, where did that come from?' Garcia said. "And then they'll look away."
Kansas MMA fighter Rach Wiley also chimed in on the smelly side of women's mixed martial arts, a topic that rarely makes it into the mainstream media. "I would probably be like 'what the f***' if an opponent tried to fart on me," Wiley said. "I think I would still be able to focus. I guess it would depend on who you fight. If someone tried to do that, I would move my face, but I would try to not get in a position where they could do that."
At present time, there is no rule preventing fighters from passing gas in each others' faces during a match. There is also no official regulation against body odor.
*) In combat sports, the 'north–south position’ (also known as north/south or four quarter) is a ground grappling position where one combatant is supine, with the other combatant invertedly lying prone on top, normally with his or her head over the bottom combatant's chest.