Carano vs. Santos Odds
Mixed Martial Arts will showcase a marquee fight in the sport on Saturday when Gina Carano and Cristiane Santos compete for the Strikeforce Women’s Championship.
Women’s MMA has a chance to make its mark in North American with this mega-fight between the two most recognized female fighters in the world, which will air on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET. This is the first time a female fight has headlined a MMA card on television.
Gina Carano (7-0 MMA Record):
Strengths: Carano has become the face and the “sex symbol” for mixed martial arts, but make no mistake, she can fight. Carano mixes her striking with forward kicks, precision punches, and dangerous elbows. Carano is light on her feet and always moving while still applying pressure to her opponents. Carano’s ground game hasn’t been seen, but training with Xtreme Couture in
Weaknesses: Making weight has always been a problem for Carano, and the 145-pound weight limit has to be met in a title fight. If Carano hasn’t had a successful weight cutting program set up, it could drain her the night prior to the fight as she attempts to hit 145. Carano has been tested on her chin, but she hasn’t fought someone as powerful as
Last Five Fights:
Unanimous decision win over Kelly Kobold at EliteXC: Heat on Oct. 4, 2008
Second round TKO win over Kaitlin Young at EliteXC: Primetime on May 31, 2008
First round submission win over Tonya Evinger at EliteXC: Uprising on Sept. 15, 2007
Unanimous decision win over Julie Kedzie at EliteXC: Destiny on Feb. 10, 2007
Unanimous decision win over Elaina Maxwell at Strikeforce: Triple Threat on Dec. 8, 2006
Last Five Fights:
Third round TKO win over Hitomi Akano at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz on April 11, 2009
Unanimous decision win over Yoko Takahashi at EliteXC: Heat on Oct. 4, 2008
Second round TKO win over Shayna Baszler at EliteXC: Unfinished Business on July 26, 2008
First round TKO win over Marise Vitoria at Storm Samurai 12 on Nov. 25, 2006
First round TKO win over Elaine Santiago at Storm Samurai 11 on May 21, 2006
Who will win: This is the toughest test for both fighters in their careers.
Additional Line: Over/Under 9 minutes for fight length.
Strikeforce takes place from the HP Pavilion in
Posted: 8/13/09 8:32PM ET