Gina Carano – Reputation vs. Expectation

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Gina Carano – Reputation vs. Expectation

Post  Angelique on Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:16 am

I, like so many others, spent the weeks previous to the Carano/ Cyborg title fight planning my night so as not to miss a second of the event. I watched the hype videos, the Carano interviews, the press conference, and the weigh-in. The most exciting aspect for me was not being able to accurately predict the outcome even though I’m a diehard Carano supporter.

Reeling in the aftermath, I’m finding myself overwhelmed by the negative media onslaught and public scrutiny surrounding Gina’s abilities and her worth in MMA or any woman’s worth in the sport for that matter.
Prior to the fight, the media was tripping over themselves to get at her. Not once did I see a quote from her suggesting that the fight was in the bag. She was respectful and spoke honestly about Cyborg’s strengths and capabilities. The fact is, the media EXPECTED Gina to win, not because of her fighting talent, but hoping to insure the “beautiful underdog” success story. I don’t have a clue who titled her “the face of women’s mma”, but I know it wasn’t Gina. She’s said many times she didn’t care for it, but felt compelled to use it to bring as much attention to the sport as possible. To her credit, there are more fans than ever before. Strikeforce has never had it so good.

And now after her first professional loss, it’s like blood in a pool of sharks. She was scared, she wasn’t in shape, she didn’t capitalize on position, maybe women shouldn’t be in the sport at all, etc etc. What??? And thanks, Randy Couture for sharing she was embarrassed afterwards and insinuating she should’ve been. Have you seen Cyborg? How quickly we forget where our loyalties lie in the face of defeat. If you were embarrassed for believing in her, that’s your own problem, but you didn’t have to share it with everyone else and ultimately give them permission to attack her.

It seems as though all the work Gina Carano has put into female MMA, both in and out of the cage, has been chalked up to some mistake in judgement….that we were somehow duped into thinking she would triumph because she’s beautiful. Give me a break.
If this were a beauty pageant between the two women, she would’ve taken it hands down. But, this was a fight. If we were so sure who would win, what would be the point in watching? The truth is, they both had the ability to win, and had any number of strikes by Carano made a stronger impression, this might’ve been a whole different show. I’m in no way demeaning the power and talent of Cyborg. Lord knows I would not want to meet her in a dark alley. She prevailed, and I give full credit where credit is due. But in all fairness, Gina showed promise and we all felt it.

Gina Carano has been a valuable asset to the sport since it’s inception, both for fighting and promotion. Prior to that, she was just a phenomenal fighter. Nothing has changed, she just lost this time. I really hope she can see that, and when we finally do hear from her, she’ll remain the real, determined and dedicated athlete she has always been. There’s never shame in that.

I do feel a rematch is imminent. However that’s not based on expectation, but on her valid fighting reputation.

Source: UnfilteredMMA
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Post  Bastiaan on Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:23 am

Thats a very nice piece, I agree with pretty much all of it. Its good to see something in the media that doesn't talk like Gina's career is over now she lost once. Thanks for posting this!
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Post  Angelique on Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:53 pm

I found it online this morning, and just had to share. I agree with you, it's great to read something that's actually taking Gina's side for a change. People don't have anything better to do than just criticize others the whole time. I can guarantee you that those "haters" will be too afraid to step into the ring with her.
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Post  Bastiaan on Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:36 pm

of course they are. And should Gina come back and win the title, they will claim to be her biggest fans. Until she loses again and it all starts all over again.
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Post  Angelique on Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:24 am

But of course, that's the way their minds work.
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