“I really feel that it’s just kind of a joke,” Miesha Tate told MMAjunkie Radio. “It really is. Gina was a great fighter, and she’s a beautiful women. Ronda is a great fighter, and she’s an attractive girl. But to say that Gina should be able to come in after five years of nothing and take on arguably the best female fighter ever? Come on.
“Women’s MMA has been working to legitimize ourselves for so long, and we finally broke the ice, we’re finally in the UFC, and we’re getting some credibility. Don’t take that away by putting a fight together that is based entirely on looks and has little to nothing to do with skill set.”
Hmm… Miesha’s got a point, but she’s missing the big picture.
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[Insert the voice of Morgan Freeman here for this promo…]
A large part of what will make a film work is occupying the minds ability to covet. Since fantasy takes us on a journey into the imagination and we can only covet things with our eyes, if the opportunity to realize what you’ve imagined becomes real – you’ll pay to covet it. You do this with movies. And you’ll buy over-priced genetically modified popcorn along with soda that isn’t anymore special than that in your refrigerator to see it.
Would you go to a movie theater to watch Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano fight? Can you think of a fight that would have more elements of visual candy?
Sex sells for sure – as the nefarious porn industry shows. But in ways more overt than literal, the allure of it sells much more. You would never see so much sex being sold in connection with the appeal of a fight that felt like a movie. To advertising executives and sponsors, the possibilities being boundless just don’t quite seem to cover it.
There really isn’t an industry that wouldn’t have a substantial upside attachment to such a cinematic super-bout. But the downside is, it may never be made.
“CUT!!!” Nice job Morgan.
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In late September, UFC head honcho Dana White characterized Carano as “the hardest human being we’ve ever dealt with” and blames Hollywood for all of the bullsh*t. He’s probably right. Negotiating with someone who’s making a film with Robert De Niro and WWE/MMA legend Batista (who was seen yesterday in pictures with Carano on the set of ‘Bus 657’), can make things difficult.
In trying to make a fight between Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano, you’re really trying to make a movie with “A” list stars. Not because they really are in acting terms, but because they represent the pinnacle of their sport. Whether Miesha likes it or not, Carano still has a “Wow” factor that neither she nor any other fighter in the UFC can come close to.
Ronda would most definitely seem the better fighter in one respect, while Gina would seem better in another. But all told, its why the circumstances make for such sexy melodrama and theater.
I haven’t gone out on the streets and taken any polls, but I’ll go out on a limb and say Gina Carano probably has more sex appeal than Ronda Rousey. Compare what you saw from Carano in “Fast and Furious 6” and then consider Rousey in “The Expendables 3”. Its not even close, Gina kills Ronda onscreen.
My thinking is more men (and women) would rather choose to do Carano than Rousey. She’s far more style than actual substance as evidenced by her thin 7-1 (3KO’s) MMA record and 5 year absence. But she was the very first to headline a Women’s MMA event with Cris Cyborg, and would create massive numbers with Rousey.
She’s the better and much more accomplished screen vixen, and a “hotter” badass on it. While Ronda, for her part, has been a real life beast in a dark dominatrix kind of way. She rocks the persona well, and has this intoxicating aura of real sensual menace. Look no further than her unscripted theatrics opposite Miesha Tate in the build up to their wars.
She’s like the Barbie version of the monstrous Cyborg in and outside of the octagon. Carano, of course, was being pounded by Cyborg when we last saw her [on screen] if you will.
Still, this fight is more than relevant. In fact its warranted. There’s going to be script revisions and diva demands, scheduling conflicts and contractual considerations, obligatory concerns related to God knows what, and pseudo affiliations with resulting ramifications for both the victor and the defeated.
But who cares?
Hollywood interference will prevent this bout from taking place in 2014, but if Rousey and Carano can somehow be paired together on the big screen in early 2015, can there be a better segue to a fight with a natural villain in the seemingly super-human Cyborg?
Its what sequels are made of.