ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Gina Carano's contributions to WMMA cannot be overstated. As an early pioneer of the sport, she provided some much needed visibility for her fellow female athletes in mixed martial arts.

Carano went undefeated in her first seven, defeating future UFC and Invicta fighters like Rosi Sexton, Julie Kedzie, Kaitlin Young, and Tonya Evinger.

In 2009, she was offered her greatest challenge yet: a chance to participate in the first major women's title fight in MMA. Under the Strikeforce banner, Gina Carano and her opponent, Cris "Cyborg" Justino, also became the first women to headline a major MMA promotion's card.

Unfortunately for Carano though, Cyborg was (and continues to be to this day) one of the most dominant athletes in WMMA. She was 7-1 at the time, with her only loss coming in her very first MMA fight.

Cyborg needed only a single round to defeat Gina Carano, in what would be Carano's final MMA fight of her career.

Check out the full fight below:

Gina Carano has gone on to a successful acting career, appearing in movies such as Haywire, Fast & Furious 6, and Deadpool.

Cyborg meanwhile continues to dominate her weight class, having gone undefeated since her bout with Carano. She is now 15-1, and will finally be making her UFC debut later this month, taking on Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in Brazil.


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