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Months later she found herself in a "fight club" situation in San Francisco where she took on any female fighter plopped down in front of her. Initially, because of her pretty face, spectators refused to take her seriously as a fighter.It is a bias that has haunted her throughout her fighting career.
Kedzie, a scrappy fighter, refused to give in, taking Carano down in the third round in a submission attempt. The appreciative crowd gave both fighters a roaring standing ovation.It is to be the first-ever sanctioned female MMA bout in the state of Nevada. Standing at 5'8" and 155 lbs., which is the starting weight class for men, she isn't a frail little girl and has power in her kicks comparable to a man.Still in its infancy, and because of its vicious nature, a lot of people were teetering on the fence about women fighting in MMA.Julie and Gina became training partners and good friends and remain so to this day.Gina's popularity skyrockets and she is crowned "The Face of Women's MMA" a title she doesn't particularly care for since it detracts from other women in the sport. Critics, some of them other female fighters, complain that she is using sex appeal to further her career, that she is compensating for something she is lacking in the ring, that what she is doing is disrespectful to the sport, but fans can't seem to get enough of the imposing brunette. Little girls and women find her an inspirational combination of beauty, strength, and power.
Everyone is taken in by her shy smile and laid back, good-natured personality.