Gina Carano, 27, lives inside the cages. The NYTimes profiles Carano as a disciplined and powerful martial arts competitior. Call her Conviction.
On Aug. 15, Gina Carano (7-0) will face Cristiane Santos of Brazil (7-1) on Showtime, in one of the “most eagerly anticipated battles of all time.”
A group called Strikeforce has cast their lot with women: “I think they’re capable of delivering the excitement and the competitiveness,” said Mike Afromowitz, a spokesman for Strikeforce. “That’s what we need and the fight needs in order to have women headlining in future bouts.”
“Any exposure of women combatants is probably good exposure in general,” said Christy Halbert, a coach of the national women’s boxing team, who has campaigned to have her boxers accepted alongside men in the 2012 Olympic Games. “There’s a lot of women boxers out there who deserve to make a living in their chosen profession.”