This Saturday it happens. Gina “Conviction” Carano (7-0) and Cris “Cyborg” Santos (7-1) will become the first women in MMA history to headline a major MMA fight card. I don’t know if you watch boxing or MMA, but if you watch women’s sports at all this is going to be a groundbreaking event across the board and I plan to put another notch in my lipstick case (*note to self: purchase lipstick and case) for women leading the way.
Oh, and eat light: this is gonna be a brutal fight. Although it’s true that I say that about all MMA fights; they just seem so much less civilized than boxing. To each her own.
If you’re interested in a full write-up of each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses, I recommend the Bleacher Report. And even though most of the news sites I’m following favor Carano, there are also plenty of people betting on Santos, too. I think it will be a good match up.
You may also enjoy this video of Gina training with Norm “Satan” Turner. I found it incredibly inspirational. There’s something you just gotta love about working that hard, training that intensely; it radiates passion and engagement in a way that you don’t see every day. But damn, I hope my own dungeon master – woops, I meant trainer – doesn’t see it. If she does I will know YOU told her and I may have to unfriend you on Facebook. Either that, or I will get in better shape really fast.