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October 1, 2008

Gina Carano needs to embrace her sexy side

Gina Carano handled herself well on The Late, Late show with Craig Ferguson, even though she seemed extremely nervous and somewhat shy. I also didn’t think Ferguson did a great job with the interview, as most of it seemed to go along the lines of "Hey, you know how to fight, you could kick my (expletive deleted) ... and you're a girl!"

Carano’s been doing a fair amount of promotion for the EliteXC show this Saturday and what strikes me as odd is how she’s fighting the label of "the face of women’s MMA." In the news conference for Saturday’s event, Carano tried to downplay the label.

On the other end of the spectrum, hardcore MMA fans seem to think she insults the sport by failing to make weight a few times and generally consider her to be a joke. The truth of the matter, though, is that 90 percent of the people who know who Gina Carano is could care less about her making weight. They probably couldn’t even tell you what weight limit she fights at.
Perhaps she’s trying to downplay her “sexy image” in order to gain more respect as a fighter but she may as well cash in while she has the spotlight. Dana White doesn’t seem to be a fan of women’s MMA and he has absolute control over the legitimate aspects of this sport, so this may be Carano’s only chance to cash in.

No one could fault her for that, especially when she’s fighting on a card with the biggest fraud in the history of the sport (Kimbo Slice). She should be embracing the role of the face of women’s MMA and holding her hands out to grab as much cash as she can. She can’t make a considerable amount from fighting and she won’t have this type of a platform for much longer. She should be doing photo shoots, magazine covers and all of that while she has the chance.

And, she shouldn’t have to feel bad about being sexy. The LPGA and the WNBA have both given instructions to their athletes about how to look more appealing and being hot never hurt a female athlete's chances of garnering more attention. If you ask many casual sports fans to name their top five female athletes, I guarantee that list is 80 percent sexy.

I remember hearing EliteXC commentator (and fighter when he’s healthy) Frank Shamrock during a radio interview gushing about how hot Gina Carano is. There’s no question that her looks have helped broaden her appeal and CBS is trying to cash in on it and so should she. The money for her, like for most female athletes, is on a magazine cover and not in the ring.

Posted by Mark Chalifoux at 11:13 PM | | Comments (5)
        

Comments

You seem to be more concerned about her money than she is. I don't think I would be compelled to tell anyone "Hey, you aren't exploiting yourself enough! Get out there and make even more money for yourself with your looks! What? Why am I so concerned about your personal finances? Well...I don't know, I guess its because thats what I would do. What? Do what? Don't worry about it? OK."

Marc-

Being from the NATI and hearing this week in rediculas with YOU & MO- I want to hear your stake this week on the KIMBO SLICE disaster!

Read your blog quite often- keep up the good work. :)

Don't forget that she is 'Crush' on American Gladiators. I have to believe they pay decently and at least 6 figures for being on that.

Gina is a legitimate Muay Thai fighter. I've followed her career as well as her work in both seasons of Fight Girls. However its also true that she has no ground game, relies on her weight advantage to push around smaller opponents and I would argue would be crushed by the smaller but tougher Christian Cyborg.
Its also true that her carefully hand picked smaller opponents means that she was as protected as Kimbo was.

The 2 times she struggled to make weight? LMAO The first time, she took a fight on a week's notice! It's kinda hard to shed 10-15 pounds in a week's time. She did Elite extreme a favor! The second time was definitely her fault because she had a full training regiment...but having only had 1 tough time making weight with a full training schedule is not a concern! Hell, some of the best MMA fighters in the world have had a lot more than 1 instance where they had a full training schedule and struggled to make weight. Often when a guy has a tough time, he just moves up a weight class, as I'm sure Gina will do.

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Kevin Richardson has been a fan of mixed martial arts competition ever since UFC 3, when 600-pound sumo wrestler Emmanuel Yarborough was beaten by Keith Hackney. Kevin will cover the world of MMA — in Baltimore, nationally and internationally. He plans to take readers into the locker rooms and MMA schools, where they'll hear from local fighters and trainers. If you have a news tip or suggestions for the blog, please e-mail him.

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