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Video: Ronda Rousey Credits MMA Career To Gina Carano

In Gina Carano’s absence from women’s MMA, several female fighters have risen to prominence, becoming the faces of WMMA where there was once only Carano.

One such fighter is Ronda Rousey, a former Judo Olympian who’s gone undefeated as a professional mixed martial artist, having finished each of her fights by submission in the first round. It didn’t hurt Rousey’s popularity growth that she’s an attractive, intelligent blonde who’s not afraid to tell it like it is, or at least how she sees it.

The 24-year-old, now poised to face Strikeforce women’s bantamweight fighter Meisha Tate for her title, recently spoke with FCFighter about how integral Carano, as the first superstar of women’s mixed martial arts, was to her own growing career.

“Gina rocks! She’s kinda like my opposite, in every way. She’s like, brunette with short hair, with a nice rack, that’s a good striker. I’m like a blonde with long hair, that’s a good grappler, that has a nice ass. We were meant for each other, to hang out,” Rousey said with a laugh. “Gina’s cool. I’m so happy for her. I would not be a fighter if it wasn’t for her. I wouldn’t think that this career would be possible for me if I hadn’t already seen what she was doing.”

Check out Rousey’s full interview with FCFighter below: