Denied combat roles, Army women battle men in cage fighting: “We can be as tough as the guys,” says one who made it to a championship round of a tournament at Ft. Hood, Texas.

The Army still bars women from fighting in combat units. But some women are trying to break that barrier far from the front lines — by battling male soldiers in chain-link cages against a backdrop of strobe lights, thumping music and swirling smoke.
The slugfests resemble ultimate fighting, a staple of pay-per-view television, right down to the black wire cages and throat-constricting holds with names like “the guillotine” and “the rear naked choke.”

Photo: Staff Sgt. Jackelyn Walker takes blows to the face as she fights Pfc. Gregory Langarica in the bantamweight championship of the finals. Credit: José M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune

Denied combat roles, Army women battle men in cage fighting: “We can be as tough as the guys,” says one who made it to a championship round of a tournament at Ft. Hood, Texas.

The Army still bars women from fighting in combat units. But some women are trying to break that barrier far from the front lines — by battling male soldiers in chain-link cages against a backdrop of strobe lights, thumping music and swirling smoke.

The slugfests resemble ultimate fighting, a staple of pay-per-view television, right down to the black wire cages and throat-constricting holds with names like “the guillotine” and “the rear naked choke.”

Photo: Staff Sgt. Jackelyn Walker takes blows to the face as she fights Pfc. Gregory Langarica in the bantamweight championship of the finals. Credit: José M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune

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  22. gleemie said: I want to see the ladies on top! That would have been subversive photography.
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