Women’s mixed martial arts have been a point of discussion for several years now. While many loyal MMA fans enjoy watching the ladies, its shallow pool of fighters is the biggest reason it’s still struggling to stay afloat in the larger organizations. Although the playing field is narrow, women’s MMA is not without its stars.
We are only two weeks removed from one of the biggest women’s MMA fights in the last three years. Undefeated judoka Ronda Rousey defeated Miesha Tate to win the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight title.
Rousey, in just five professional fights, has catapulted herself into the MMA spotlight once owned by a former headliner, Gina Carano. Carano was the unofficial ambassador for women’s MMA. She participated in the first televised MMA fight featuring women as well as the first women’s MMA contest to headline the fight card of a major organization.
Since her loss to “Cyborg” Santos, fans have been practically begging for Carano to come back to the ring—including myself.
Now that her Hollywood career is taking off, there hasn’t been much hope that she will return. Although, with the emergence of Rousey, I believe this is just the fight to lure Gina back to the ring. Given the allure of these two fighters, this fight must happen and here are a few reasons why.