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Ronda Rousey: 'Thank God for Gina Carano'

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History will be made this Saturday night at UFC 157 in Anaheim, where Ronda Rousey defends her 135-pound title against Liz Carmouche in the main event. But would any of it have been possible without the efforts of former Strikeforce headliner Gina Carano?

Photo courtesy of GQ.com

From the NY Post:

"I would never be an MMA fighter if it wasn't for [Carano]. I'm not dumb enough to not be grateful. ... I just say thank God for Gina Carano. I really think what she's doing with films is just as much an influence on women's MMA as her fighting again. She's continuing to represent us very well, bringing women's MMA to an audience that doesn't know MMA really at all. Of course I would [fight her]. I would just hope that she'd be OK. Obviously, I'd want to win. What she did before me has radically changed my life."

Actually, I'd like to thank Gina too. For this.