I've seen maybe three UFC fights in my whole life, and while they were crazy-entertaining, it never became something I followed. I'm just not a sports girl. However, when I see powerful women like former MMA fighter Gina Carano performing amazing athletic feats, then parlaying those sports careers into endorsement deals and acting roles like their male counterparts, it fills me with hope. It's inspiring. This is how I used to feel about Ronda Rousey.
We don't really follow mixed martial arts competitions, but we do follow superheroes beating the crap out of each other. That's why we love this video of MMA fighters dressed as the dynamic duo squaring off against our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Sometimes you just can't win when it comes to trying to pronounce certain names. That's the unfortunate predicament MMA announcer Michael Schiavello found himself in during a recent Resurrection Fighting Alliance bout. See, RFA 7 saw Danny Mainus take on Zac Chavez. If you're a teenage boy, or just someone that's been around the Internet long enough, you can probably already tell where this is going.
This weekend wasn't just the Oscars, it was also the first Ultimate Fighting Championship bout to feature two signed female MMA fighters. We've reported a bit on the progress of women in the mixed martial arts community to get the kind of billing their male peers get, but last week long-time MMA fan AshleyRose Sullivan offered to cover the fight for us and explain its milestone status. On February 23rd, as Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche entered the ring at the sold-out The Honda Center in Anaheim, California, for UFC 157, Joe Rogan announced (over the sound of thousands of screaming fans) that, “This is a gigantic cultural moment!” He was right.
Say what you will about George Lucas (childhood ruiner!), but his daughter Amanda Lucas seems pretty dang awesome. At least judging by this trailer for Lucas, Bobby Razak's upcoming documentary on the professional MMA fighter.
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You might not be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA. That's fair. But even if watching people beat the crap out of each other on Pay-Per-View isn't of particular interest to you, this bit of news is still pretty cool: UFC, the world's biggest MMA promotion company, has created its first female division. And crowed its first female champion. And signed its first openly gay fighter, also a woman.
Heck yes. Butt-kicking ladies, coming through.
After making her professional debut last March, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey has now earned herself a Strikeforce title -- in a matter of seconds. The prize money was also a nice bonus, considering her only reward for her amateur victories was, well, victory. And while she's enjoying her rapid rise to the top of the women's division of the sport and becoming better and better at what she does, she's also finding herself in a role model position for other girls who might want to give athletics a try. But don't go calling her the new face of women's MMA just yet -- Ronda Rousey kicks ass in the name of teamwork!
It's 2012, we are still at war in the Middle East, and women are still not allowed to fight in Army combat roles. And women who are in the Army and being denied the chance to serve to the same extent as their male counterparts have found a new way to prove that they can fight on par with men: MMA-inspired cage matches. With men.
We knew this already, but Gina Carano is not the only woman with MMA cred whose story we're following. Allow us to introduce you to Amanda Lucas -- a professional MMA fighter who just yesterday battled it out for Deep 57's openweight title, and the daughter of George Lucas, who made some space movies or something. Though while her family is famous, it's her fight that's gotten her recognition lately. Come inside! We'll talk about how much ass Amanda Lucas kicks!
Time for your unsubstantiated "Wonder Woman movie" rumor of the day: Gina Carano, the MMA fighter who is getting excellent buzz for her first starring role in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, has said that she would love to play Wonder Woman if they made a movie about her -- and she's not the only one who would like to see her in such a role. That might be really awesome, but is this movie even happening? (Um, can it now?)