Oh Gina, the one female fighter that Rousey looks up to…even on this list. Gina Carano is the first female fighter that went to Hollywood. She was gorgeous, personable (something Rousey is not, sometimes) and most importantly, a kick ass fighter. While Rousey was the driving force for getting women in the UFC, Carano was the one that put women’s MMA on the map. Before her, women fighting was deemed as a cat fight.
Unfortunately, Carano has faded off. Her first and only defeat came at the hands of Christiane “Cyborg” Justino (formally known as Santos, that woman has too many names) in 2009. The loss kind of captured Carano’s fighting spirit, as she hasn’t expressed any desire to return. Rousey has already surpassed Carano’s exploits in the octagon and is poised to do the same on the big screen. It’s ok Gina, you still 1-up her on this list.
Born: April 16, 1982, Dallas, Texas, United States
Height: 1.73 m (6″8′)
Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs)