For the first time in history, two females will be headlining a major MMA fight card. The woman known as the “face of women’s MMA,” Gina “Conviction” Carano (7-0) will square off with rival powerhouse Cris “Cyborg” Santos (7-1) in what is considered the most anticipated female fight of all time.
Not only will it be the first female fight to headline a major event, it will be the first female title fight for any major MMA promotion as the two battle for the Strikeforce 145-pound Female Championship. The card will take place on August 15, 2009 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. and will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 10:30 PM ET/PT.
Carano’s popularity is astounding, In a Yahoo! online poll that named the “Top 10 Influential Women of 2008,” Carano ranked fifth, placing ahead of First Lady Michelle Obama and famed journalists Katie Couric and Barbara Walters.