By Cheryl Ragsdale,

Female fighters are in the news—stealing the show—again. Jennifer Maia faced Sheila "the German Tank" Gaff in a controversial MMA match which streamed live on MMAjunkie.com as part of the Cage Warriors Fight Night 4 event in the United Arab Emirates on March 16.

Fight Night 4 - Jennifer Maia-Sheila Gaff KO video

At the opening bell, Sheila Gaff came out fighting. Jennifer approached her opponent with her left arm extended. Was her arm extended to "touch gloves" or was that a defensive posture designed to measure distance?

Only Jennifer knows…but she might not remember because she got knocked out within 10 seconds of the round starting.

Controversy surrounds this match as fans weigh in on whether Sheila was unsportsmanlike by not acknowledging that a second "touch gloves" was being offered. The first touch of the gloves in front of the referee was straightforward and recognizable. From my point of view, the fighters were done with displaying respect—let the fight begin.

Protect yourself at all times

A key point to consider in deciding whether Sheila took advantage of her opponent is the admonition to "protect yourself at all times". The bell had rung. The match was on. Extending your left arm—your jab—could mean many things.

Don't do that in front of Ronda Rousey

Sticking your jab hand out in front of you—and holding it steady—is not just an indication that you want to "touch gloves" again. Ronda Rousey would have jumped on that arm and added it to her collection within seconds of seeing such a beautiful opportunity offered.

No, I don't think Sheila took advantage of Jennifer. Jennifer is the one who decided to stick her arm out straight in front of her and then walk straight towards her opponent. Then, after she started to get pummeled, instead of applying the quickness to her feet to get away from the barrage of punches, she stayed in the pocket and got knocked out.

I bet Sheila won't make that mistake again. Lesson learned for next time.

The Cage Warriors Fight Night tournament's second semi-final match-up at 125, pits Irish fighter, Aisling Daly against top British fighter, Rosi Sexton, takes place in May. The winner of that fight facess Gaff later this year in a title fight. source

Source: Twitter, Sherdog

More from this contributor:

Jon 'Bones' Jones Vs Mario 'Marinho' Filho on Brazilian MMA Reality TV

Invicta Fighting Championship Will Stream Live in HD in April: Will You Watch It?

Kenny Florian Offers Advice to Season 15 TUF Live Contestants

TUF 15 Live Recap: James Vick with Sweet KO of Daron Cruickshank Leaves Urijah One Down

At 39, Does Cung Le Still Have What it Takes to Be an MMA Fighter? Fan's View

Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. She trains with Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny

Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Six biggest MMA storylines of 2016 (Yahoo Sports)

  • 27 days ago
  • 34 views

From Yahoo Sports: Conor McGregor's hunt for a second title is at the forefront of the conversation, but that's not all we have to look forward to this year. read news >>

Six biggest MMA storylines of 2016 (Yahoo Sports)

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

From Yahoo Sports: Conor McGregor's hunt for a second title is at the forefront of the conversation, but that's not all we have to look forward to this year. read news >>

Dana White Explains Frank Fertitta's Reaction to Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor

  • 26 days ago
  • 1299 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White has lifted the lid on Frank Fertitta's attention-grabbing reaction to Conor McGregor's 13-second knockout victory over Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in Dece read news >>

Nick Diaz's UFC Suspension Reduced to 18 Months: Latest Details and Reaction

  • 24 days ago
  • 9 views

Nick Diaz will be permitted to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 1 after it was confirmed his five-year drug suspension had been reduced to 18 months, along with a $100,000 fine. read news >>

Nevada commission makes right move in reducing Nick Diaz%26#x2019;s punishment, but logic still fuzzy (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 7 views

From Yahoo Sports: Diaz’s reduced punishment is still stunningly harsh in light of how the same commission punished Anderson Silva after the Diaz fight. read news >>

Holly Holm%26#x2019;s striking coach wonders if Ronda Rousey has the %26#x2018;guts%26#x2019; for a rematch (Yahoo Sport

  • 24 days ago
  • 11 views

From Yahoo Sports: Mike Winkeljohn knows how big a rematch will be, he just isn’t sure if Rousey will want one. read news >>

Nevada commission makes right move in reducing Nick Diaz%26#x2019;s punishment (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

From Yahoo Sports: Diaz’s reduced punishment is still stunningly harsh in light of how the same commission punished Anderson Silva after the Diaz fight. read news >>

Holly Holm%26#x2019;s striking coach wonders if Ronda Rousey has the %26#x2018;guts%26#x2019; for a rematch (Yahoo Sport

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

From Yahoo Sports: Mike Winkeljohn knows how big a rematch will be, he just isn’t sure if Rousey will want one. read news >>

Conor McGregor already doing his thing against Rafael dos Anjos (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 68 views

From Yahoo Sports: McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion, trolled the lightweight champ on Facebook. read news >>

Conor McGregor already doing his thing against Rafael dos Anjos (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 14 views

From Yahoo Sports: McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion, trolled the lightweight champ on Facebook. read news >>