Before anyone heard of Ronda Rousey, there was Gina Carano. While she wasn’t the first female to compete in FMMA she paved the way and turned heads. One head she turned was Rousey.
“I would never be an MMA fighter if it wasn’t for [Carano],” said Rousey to the New York Post. “I’m not dumb enough to not be grateful. I just say thank God for Gina Carano.”
Carano entered the MMA world in 2006 and quickly found a spot on Strikeforce and Elite XC. After seven straight wins, Carano lost her only fight to date against Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos when the Strikeforce featherweight title was on the line. Carano has not fought since that August 2009 loss.
She has since dabbled in Hollywood and appears in “Fast & Furious 6″ this May. Even outside of FMMA, Rousey remains star struck.
“She’s continuing to represent us very well, bringing women’s MMA to an audience that doesn’t know MMA really at all,” said Rousey.
Rousey was very open to the idea of the two fighting.
This Saturday, at UFC 157, Rousey makes history alongside Liz Carmouche as the first female fight under the UFC name. That main event occurs from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.