My latest obsession is female MMA fighters.
With the first-ever female UFC fight coming up on Saturday and Liz Carmouche being the first openly gay fighter in the UFC, it’s historical all around. It also got me schooling myself on the pioneering and headlining ladies of the sport: current superstar Ronda Rousey, the controversial Cris Cyborg, and the original face of womyn’s MMA / fighter-turned-actor Gina Carano.
It’s a natural evolution for me. Michelle Rodriguez’s breakout performance in Girlfight was a pivotal moment that got me emotionally invested in boxing. She and that movie embodied so much of my identity in high school.
Which brings me to the Fast and Furious 6. Now, I lost interest in this series after the first movie; my ahead-of-the-curve crush on Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were my only reasons for watching it. Even after seeing Rodriguez’s return in the Fast 6 trailer during the Superbowl (and the Rock having replaced Vin Diesel on the crush tip a long time ago), it seemed more like a gimmick and not enough for me to go out of my way to watch in the theaters. After seeing this trailer, though, I realized that Letty is probably a more central character than I thought. And more importantly, she’s in a fight scene with Gina Carano!!!! EPIC.