UFC bantamweight Julia Avila has fired back at Bare Knuckle FC’s Britain Beltran for ‘shaming’ female fighters who are on OnlyFans.
Female fighters on OnlyFans has become a trending topic over recent days after former UFC bantamweight champ Miesha Tate declared she is not “desperate” enough to join the platform. Although some agreed with Tate, many people feel as though she shouldn’t have used the word “desperate”, considering a number of female MMA fighters are on the platform. The likes of fellow UFC bantamweight Julia Avila let their feelings be known, with Bare Knuckle FC’s Britain Beltran in turn letting her counter-opinion be heard.
Avila isn’t happy with Beltran’s comments and took to WMMA Rankings’ Instagram page to respond.
“Your opinion is yours to own. Consider the repercussions of that sentiment: shaming people for making money to provide and pay for family,fighting, etc. The point of the discussion was the accusation of labeling people that choose to have an OnlyFans as “desperate”, that frame of thinking sets women’s rights back quite a bit. A woman can have good morals, an education, a great athlete, like the color blue, AND clap her cheeks for the world to see if she wants too. The fact that she can get paid and make good money for it makes her an entrepreneur. Now as far as not earning respect as a fighter or not being taken seriously, that’s on the individual and how good they actually are. I don’t think whether or not the presence of an OnlyFans really dictates that the earned respect of a fighter. But, who am I to say, right? I don’t have an OnlyFans and I’m sidelined from an injury so I’m barely an athlete; so really, I’m just a woman supporting other women. No more, no less.” she wrote.
Various female MMA fighters have joined the OnlyFans subscription service over the past few years including Jessica Andrade, Jessica Eye, Cindy Dandois, Felice Herrig, Jessica Penne, Kyra Batara, Bec Rawlings, Emily Whitmire and Kay Hansen. Meanwhile, the likes of Paige VanZant, Rachael Ostovich, and Pearl Gonzalez are offering similar subscription based platforms for fans to view their content.
Avila, also known as the ‘Raging Panda’, will be looking to return to the UFC cage later this year after winning five of her last six fights. The 33-year-old has proven to be at the elite of the women’s division in MMA with notable victories over the likes of Marion Reneau, former UFC flyweight champ Nicco Montano, Pannie Kianzad and former Invicta FC bantamweight champ Julija Stoliarenko.
Fight fans, what are your opinions on the WMMA OnlyFans argument? Are you Team Tate & Beltran, or Team Avila? Let us know in the comments section below.