Watching one of your heroes fall is never pleasant.
I experienced this in watching the excellent Strikeforce event which was on ShowTime last night.
My hero, of course, is Gina Carano.
As a fan of WMMA, I have been a Gina Carano devotee who refuses to listen to the many detractors who have lectured me that "Gina is not the face of WMMA."
Being the cranky old grandma I am, I reply, "Do I look like I am asking your opinion?"
Of course not!
For me, Gina is the face of much more than WMMA.
She is a fearless young woman who just did what none of her detractors has by putting it all on the line and entering the cage with the fearsome Christiane "Cyborg" Santos.
As much as the anti-Gina crowd loves to spout off reasons why she should not be "the" representative of "their sport," I have yet to see one of them do what Gina just did.
Gina fought an admirable battle against a superior force and can be very proud of the effort she made inside the octagon on Saturday night.
If the anti-Carano crowd is now happy, well so be it.
As for myself, I am left wondering if there exist any American WMMA fighter who can ever stop the "Cyborg" in the future and take away her belt.
In my opinion, the answer would be, "No!"
Not even the loudest of the critics could hold their own with the Cyborg.
It will be a long dry spell before anyone except possibly Gina will win back the Strikeforce belt.
So as loudly as they have criticized Ms. Carano, please inform me as to whom will be the next victim to step into the ring against the current champion?
All I am hearing is silence.