Strikeforce's next big event on Aug. 15 will feature a main event between Gina Carano and Cyborg Santos for the first-ever Strikeforce 145-pound women's title.
Carano is currently in the new issue of ESPN The Magazine with St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina on the cover. There is a one-page feature on Carano entitled "6 Things You Should Know About Being A Female MMA Fighter."
Carano briefly mentions about how she doesn't like to schedule fights the week of her period. In the feature, she says, "Making weight is hard enough, and during our period we may retain around seven pounds of water weight. Plus bruises hurt more, you're bloated and cramping, and emotionally, it's tougher to battle through the training."
She talks about how some states require the women fighters to wear breast padding, so she wears three sports bras in her fights.
While most fans and some female fighters have been lobbying for five-minute rounds for women, Carano doesn't seem to like that concept. She said, "I liked the old length. It's hard to get in shape for a 25-minute fight!"
She also mentions in the article that she can beat guys up who don't train MMA and that male MMA fighters are not that great to date. Another interesting tidbit she gave was that there are a lot of talented women fighters out there who have the potential to be headliners like her as well.
Although she is adored by a lot of men, Carano states that "it's not uncommon for women to start with me." She gave an example of a tense situation at a bar that almost got her into trouble.
Carano will be the overwhelming crowd favorite in San Jose when she fights Santos, as the HP Pavilion erupted loudly when her face was shown on the big screen at Strikeforce's last event a few months ago.
She has come a long way in popularity since she made her San Jose debut in 2006 against Elaina "Beef" Maxwell. Back then, the crowd was rooting for the local girl, Maxwell, and no one really knew who Carano was. Carano did get a lot of cheers after the fight, though, as she and Maxwell had a great fight.
The women fighters always seem to steal the show at MMA events, and fans will be expecting the fight between Carano and Santos to be one hell of a fight.
The question is: If Carano loses, will her star still shine bright?
Carano is the face of women's MMA right now, and it will be interesting to see if she will fold under the pressure on Aug. 15 when she faces her toughest opponent yet in Santos.