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Monday, March 10, 2014

FIGHTS: Why Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey is a bad idea

Bowie V. Ibarra

C'mon, folks.  Look at her.  You really thing she's going to give up the red carpet for getting punched in the face?

Gina Carano, one of the most amazing former female mixed martial artists, has gone on to bigger and better things outside of MMA.  She's had her own feature film with big names in Hollywood, and is on her way to being even bigger than one of her American martial arts predecessors, Cynthia Rothrock.

Why in the world would Gina, who hasn't had a match in years, consider stepping back into the cage like folks are speculating?  Why would she choose to go back and bust her ass in a gym, putting her body on the line when she has much better (and safer) opportunities to make money in the acting classes and auditions of Hollywood?

Why would she step back into the pit to fight this lady?
'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey.
This speculation and calls for Carano to return to the pits of MMA need to stop.  If you thought Rousey's last fight against the highly viable contender and Olympian Sara McCann was garbage, Carano/Rousey would be a massacre.
Folks, not taking anything away from Carano's fighting skill.  Carano on a bad day could still whip five of me all week.  Shit, five of you and five of me.  Twice on Sunday.
But she's been out of the cage for so long.  She's lost her edge.  Carano would not stand a chance against a hungry and sharp Rousey.  Acting classes and auditions have made Carano soft. I've been a part of many an acting class.  Trust me, there's nobody in any acting class anywhere that I've ever been in, whether they are a martial artist or not, that are going to win any MMA fights, much less a UFC-caliber fight.  Unless your name is Jeff Speakman, GTFOH.
To line Carano up against the best female martial artist in UFC today would be as disgusting as the Canelo/Angulo fight.  It would be totally one-sided, and a ridiculous money grab by Carano.  A massacre.
And truth is there's no sense in it.  There's plenty of current matchups for Rousey.  Cat Zigano lost her chance to fight her due to personal turmoil.  She earned her shot a while back.  And a McMann rematch should also take place.
But let's face it.  If competition gets thin, we need to petition the UFC and Dana to bring in the only woman who has been anywhere close to being as dominant as Rousey.  Perhaps even more so.  As long as she gets off the gas, it would be a great matchup.

And that woman's name is Cris 'Cyborg' Santos.
If you want to check out some books with actual competitive fights, check out the following.

'Iron Head and Other Stories' is chock full of great boxing matches and money fights by a group of very talented authors, including an entry called "Puncher's Chance" from  You can order it HERE.

Read about the fights of a Scottish pugilist making his way through MMA in the 'Pit Fighters' book series from  Get them HERE.

BOWIE V. IBARRA is the author of the acclaimed 'Down the Road' zombie horror series from Permuted Press.  He earned a BFA in Acting and a MA in Theatre History from Texas State University.  His latest titles explore superhero themes, including 'Codename: La Lechusa', 'Room 26 and the Army of Xulhutdul', and 'Tejano Star and the Vengeance of Chaplain Skull'. 
Network with Bowie at his official website,, the leader in Tex-Mexploitation literature.

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