Cris Cyborg vs. Gina Carano full fight

Damn! It Was Cruel

When we talk about many of the pioneers of women’s MMA, there’s often discussion about how they were “before their time,” making a couple hundred bucks here and there in the few MMA leagues willing to book female fighting. Unfortunately for Cris Cyborg, both a pioneer and still arguably the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, she’s still stuck in a strange sort of limbo. She’s one of the few women to fight at 145 pounds, UFC president Dana White said there were no plans to add this division. After a year of trying to bully Cyborg into dropping down to 135 pounds, the UFC finally relented and gave her a fight … at 140 pounds.

Carano began her training with straight Muay Thai to competitive MMA where she had tenures in organizations such as Strikeforce and EliteXC and has been featured in ESPN The Magazine as well as Maxim. Her popularity with fans and audiences has helped her garner the title of being the “Face of Women’s MMA” and was ranked on the “Top Ten Influential Women of 2008″ list on Yahoo! She was formerly the third best 145 lb fighter in the world, according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.

On August 2009, Carano would also headline Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg with Cristiane Santos, which marked the first time two women headlined a major MMA event. As a competitive fighter, her standings consists of a 12–1–1 Muay Thai record and a 7–1 WMMA record.