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When Carano met 'Cyborg' on a historic night

On August 15, 2009, Gina Carano and “Cyborg” Justino faced off in what was then the biggest fight in women’s MMA history. For the first time in North America, a major fight card on a major network was headlined by two female fighters. “I remember thinking when I took that fight that there were so many big fights that so many people wanted to see throughout fight history that never happened. And win or lose, I wasn't going to let ‘Cyborg’ and I become one of those big fights that never happened.” – Gina Carano “When I punched her, I saw she didn't want to be there.” – “Cyborg” Justino In front of 15,000 fans and half a million more watching on Showtime, Justino pummeled Carano en route to a TKO in the final second of the first round. It was a career-defining triumph for “Cyborg,” but a heartbreaking loss for Carano. “The real heartbreak was that I felt I had broken so many other hearts other than my own. Everyone who was with me that night that had so much hope in me. I felt like I completely failed.” – Gina Carano Carano would go on to a career in films, never returning to the cage, while “Cyborg” became a UFC champion and dominant force in women’s MMA. “I think (Carano) did a lot for the sport. … I think she could fight again, who knows.” – “Cyborg Justino
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