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Ringside With UFC’s One and Only Cutwoman

For the past 10 years, Swayze Valentine has worked with MMA fighters as UFC’s first and only cutwoman, a heavy-duty role where she’s responsible for wrapping fighters’ hands and tending to their wounds between rounds. After being told that the only job available to women was as a ‘ring girl,’ Valentine fought and trained for years to earn her spot on the roster of UFC cutmen. Today, she’s traveling the world, breaking barriers and claiming her spot in the ring.


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