Cristiane Cyborg vs Gina Carano, Strikeforce Carano vs Cyborg, 15 August 2009
Cristiane Cyborg vs Gina Carano, for me, was the fight that showed women’s MMA as something to be reckoned with. Since this fight, I have looked out for womens’ MMA fights and female fighters with more attention. Watching this performance was a turning point in me being a fight fan. I became convinced that women consistently fight harder and are more ferocious than men. Fighters like Zoila Frausto Gurgel, Megumi Fujii, Marloes Coenen. All incredible female fighters that I have become a true fan of. But to me, Cristiano Cyborg vs Gina Carano will always be the iconic fight between two legends of womens MMA showing heart and skill.
Gina Carano became the face of womens’ MMA right when she entered MMA. She had a relatively successful kick boxing career and established herself as an excellent striker. In MMA, she was undefeated with fights against womens’ MMA stars like Rosi Sexton, Julie Kedzie, Tonya Evinger, and Kaitlin Young. She even stopped Kaitlin Young via a brutal TKO doctor stoppage where Young as not able to answer the opening bell of the third round. Gina Carano was widely considered one of the best women’s MMA fighters in the world and was promoted as its key representative with a huge fan following.
With fighters like Marloes Coenen and Megumi Fujii wondering the planet, fight fans knew better. When Gina Carano joined Strikeforce she was supposed to win the Women’s Featherweight Champion against a relatively unknown fighter in Cristiane Cyborg Santos. Gina Carano was supposed to further propel herself into the MMA halls of fame by becoming a women’s MMA champion in a major MMA promotion. But Cristiane Cyborg had other plans.
Cristiane Cyborg Santos, similar to her husband Evangalista Cyborg Santos, is a product of the Chute Boxe Academy. An incredibly dangerous striker with an excellent ground game. Since this fight, we have seen further examples of Cristiane Cyborg’s power and skill. But even she can be defeated. In Cristiane Cyborg vs Gina Carano, we see exactly how powerful and how dangerous a women’s MMA fighter can be.
Cristiane Cyborg vs Gina Carano remains one of the most incredible women’s MMA fights. It may not be a three round slug fest like Forrest Griffin vs Stephan Bonnar. But Cristiane Cyborg vs Gina Carano showed met that women can fight and fight hard.
Cristiane Cyborg vs Gina Carano full fight