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Mark Moore
03-17-2013, 05:59 PM
I don't know if this is the right forum for this (feel free to move it), but this stuff generally is televised, so...

I've been a fan of Chun-Li of the Street Fighter video game series for years. I also like some other female video-game fighters, but none are quite as awesome as Ms. Chung. I guess it was only a matter of time before this translated to me following actual female martial artists (and I'm not a sports fan at all otherwise).

I've been a fan of Gina "Conviction" Carano for a while, but she hasn't fought since 2009, when her undefeated record was broken when she suffered a stunning first-round loss in a title match to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Cyborg was later revealed to have used steroids, though it's not certain if she was using them that far back, but it does call her win against Carano into question.

Gina has started a successful career as an actor. Her comeback fight, scheduled in 2011, was cancelled for unknown reasons. She hasn't fought since her loss in 2009, which has led me to look for a new fighter to follow.

I thought I found her in Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey, but it seems she got a tattoo somewhere along the way, and tattoos are a personal turn-off for me. Besides, she ends EVERY fight with an armbar submission in the first round, and that's very boring. I want to see punching and kicking!

Does someone that follows martial arts closer than I do have any suggestions of whose career that I could follow?

K. Taylor
03-20-2013, 05:35 AM
Here's the whole line-up (http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Weight_Class/Women_Bantamweight) of UFC's female MMA fighters.

Otherwise, look up Olympic Tae Kwon Do female competitors. Or Judo.

Some of the Asian female martial arts movie stars have actual training, some don't.

Gina has retired from fighting and continues to make movies (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2442289/).

Mark Moore
03-20-2013, 05:16 PM
Here's the whole line-up (http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Weight_Class/Women_Bantamweight) of UFC's female MMA fighters.

Otherwise, look up Olympic Tae Kwon Do female competitors. Or Judo.

Some of the Asian female martial arts movie stars have actual training, some don't.

Thanks. I'll check them out.


Gina has retired from fighting and continues to make movies (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2442289/).

I just found a quote from her where she said "My last fight wasn't the way I wanted to go so there's a hole there, so I wouldn't count me out."

gothicangel
03-20-2013, 07:03 PM
I've been a fan of Gina "Conviction" Carano for a while, but she hasn't fought since 2009, when her undefeated record was broken when she suffered a stunning first-round loss in a title match to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Cyborg was later revealed to have used steroids, though it's not certain if she was using them that far back, but it does call her win against Carano into question.

Gina has started a successful career as an actor. Her comeback fight, scheduled in 2011, was cancelled for unknown reasons. She hasn't fought since her loss in 2009, which has led me to look for a new fighter to follow.



I thought she was brilliant in Haywire. Her fights have a real 'ouch' factor.

Back on thread. :D

third person
03-20-2013, 09:35 PM
The early to mid 90s was full of kickass female martial artists. Then the 2000s happened and all of a sudden it wasn't cool anymore. Who remembers Cynthia Rockrock (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GljNXL3nxa0)? Almost no one. And that's a crying shame. These days a woman's not a kickass heroine unless she gets a nude scene. Which is exactly why Angelina Jolie and Milla Jovovich are among the small handful left.

Mark Moore
03-21-2013, 06:50 AM
The early to mid 90s was full of kickass female martial artists. Then the 2000s happened and all of a sudden it wasn't cool anymore. Who remembers Cynthia Rockrock (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GljNXL3nxa0)?

The name is familiar. I've been meaning to get into her.


Which is exactly why Angelina Jolie and Milla Jovovich are among the small handful left.

Kate Beckinsale and Michelle Rodriguez, too.

third person
03-21-2013, 10:52 AM
Kate Beckinsale and Michelle Rodriguez, too.

Alas, Michelle Rodriguez hasn't had a starring role in quite a while. Want to guess why? Hint: she ain't showing the boobies. Too bad, I think she's vastly underused.

J.S.F.
03-22-2013, 12:06 PM
I remember Cynthia Rothrock. Had all the acting ability of a wet dishtowel--but she had the training and she could also do fight scenes very well onscreen.

These days, I don't know if it's the 'show-the-boobs' factor or not as others have suggested, but it seems you've gotta have SOME talent. Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie and others may not have had an extensive background in any martial art, but they can act and have a certain appeal to their fans. Being able to do kung-fu, karate, aikido, or any other martial art is an asset, but if it's a toss-up between kicking butt and saying your lines correctly and with emotion, Hollywood's gonna go with the latter.