Combatants take to the arena in a state of undress to slug it out in a UFC-style cage, with a clothed crowd cheering them on as they try to grapple their scantily-clad opponents into submission
Story by The Sun / Pictures by George Harrison
WELCOME to the mixed martial arts showdown where contestants leave their inhibitions at the door to brawl in their bras and kick-box in their knickers.
This is the “Naughty ‘n Nice” Lingerie Fighting Championship, the 21st instalment of the controversial female fighting tournament.
Jesse Santos [0-0] (top) gives it her all in a scantily-clad showdown
Combatants take to the arena in a state of undress to slug it out in a UFC-style cage, with a clothed crowd cheering them on as they try to grapple their scantily-clad opponents into submission.
This year all the action took place on June 18 in Nice, California, and it proved to be a fiery affair, with lingerie-modelling fighters giving it their all in an attempt to brawl their way through the high-adrenaline tournament.
Serina Kyle [0-0] rocked a pink number at the controversial event
The event, which has been slammed for being sexist in the past, is described by organisers as “MMA like you’ve never seen it before.”
The tournament’s website claims that nearly 5 million people tuned in to the 20th edition of the championships, whilst this year’s showdown was billed as featuring “some of the most exciting match-ups in modern lingerie MMA history.”
Some headline fights this year saw MaiNe Morgan [0-0] taking on Sheila Cardinal [0-0], and the biggest event of the tournament pitted reigning LFC Champion Feather Hadden [0-0] against Allie Parks [0-0].
The card also featured some local talent in the form Jessie Santos [0-0], a fighter allegedly renowned for fighting dirty.
The “sport” features kick-boxing, alongside traditional boxing and wrestling fighting styles
Feather Hadden [0-0] is the current LFC champion
Promotion for the tournament described the event as featuring “16 of the most beautiful athletes in the world fighting in nothing but lingerie.”
And the championships didn’t disappoint, with stunning fighters really packing a punch in a series of fiery bouts.
Some of the fights see vicious blows being traded between the women
The fights are well attended, with millions of people watching LFC bouts
There was drama after some fights, as combatants argued with judges, refs and each other
She was pictured going after her opponent as referees restrained her, following a fiery showdown between the two.
Some people have slammed the event for being sexist
But event organisers and contestants deny any allegations of sexism, claiming women are happy to partake in the event.
The CEO of LFC, Shaun Donnelly, commented on an article criticising his organisation last year.
He said: “While I don’t believe there’s anything sexist about LFC I always find it funny that these stories are always accompanied by as many of our photos as can fit.
“‘Oh, showing women in lingerie is sexist! Here’s a photo. Isn’t it awful? Here’s another.’”