The Top 10 Stories of the Past 10 Years

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The Top 10 Stories of the Past 10 Years

Post  Angelique on Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:18 am

9. Gina Carano (2007-Present)

Not women's MMA, but Gina Carano. An important distinction.

Prior to Carano's EliteXC debut in 2007, the idea of hosting female fighters was seen as too absurdly progressive for a sport that still nauseated a good portion of mass media. If they couldn't accept men exchanging blood, observers figured, seeing a woman mounted and pummeled might be cause for a defibrillator.

"Conviction" -- the daughter of football great Glen Carano -- rejected that sexist attitude not by challenging it, but by ignoring it. She conducted herself as a fighter, displaying sharp skills in the ring and presenting herself as an articulate personality outside of it. Her looks? Absolutely a factor, but curiosity would've quickly given way to disgust if she had nothing to offer as an athlete.

It's rare for any sports figure to have the weight of an entire genre on their shoulders. Even Ali, in rewriting boxing's history, was still toiling in an institution that had a past before him and would have a future after him. But try to find even one piece about the females of the sport without a mention of Carano. She didn't just define a division: She was the division.

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Post  Bastiaan on Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:45 pm

Nice, a top 10. Very good. Thanks for posting.
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Post  LizaG on Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:16 pm

Excellent post Very Happy thanks hon. They summed it up about Gina and the history of female MMA perfectly
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