Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Mauro Ranallo on Gina Carano and women's MMA
A lot of fans may not be aware that when Mauro Ranallo isn't calling Strikeforce shows, he works for Canadian cable network The Score and hosts several programs. So here's a clip taped at The Score in Toronto with Mauro talking about Gina Carano and the future of women's MMA. Mauro has always been an advocate for women's MMA and women's pro wrestling since he was a kid in British Columbia. Maybe Velvet McIntyre threatened to beat him up. I have said for a couple of months that Julia Budd would be the best opponent for Gina's June 18 return because of their history. So I don't know why Strikeforce is allowing Julia to fight elsewhere in May. Mauro addresses last weekend's silly rumour that has been shot down by Strikeforce. I think he overstates the significance of Gina's return match for the future of women's MMA. I think the real issue is that there have been a total of two, that's right, two women's matches on Strikeforce TV so far in 2011. I don't care how much Scott Coker claims to support women's MMA. The numbers don't lie and they're not good enough. There are enough female fighters under contract to Strikeforce that there should be a women's match on every broadcast...and there isn't. Maybe Mauro should talk about how that affects the future of women's MMA. Enjoy the clip.