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Fast 6 preview clips – Gina “Riley” Carano vs Michelle “Letty” Rodriguez / Interrogating with Gisele * short behind the fight scene video clips * press interview along with Luke Evans *
Growing up, I wasn’t an athlete. I always considered myself an average girl. It wasn’t until high-school that I found out that I loved entertaining people through dance and theatre classes.
It was the summer after I turned 17 and graduated. I auditioned for The Phoenix Suns Dance Squad. I remember practicing so hard to make it on the team. All of the girls were so beautiful; I started to lose confidence. Even though I had the skill, I didn’t shine in the audition. At that point in my life, I started to hate myself. I hated the way I looked and how short I was. Everything put me through a depression.
A month later everything changed. Watching one of Gina Carano’s fights for the first time left me speechless. It was the StrikeForce Women’s Featherweight Title fight against Cris Cyborg. Even though she lost, she just seemed so superhuman to me. I was at loss for words. I just wanted to see more of her. I watched all I could until I was exhausted for school the next day. Every video I watched made me say, ” Gosh, I want to be like her.” She inspired me so much that I questioned myself thinking, “Why not… why not give it a shot?” Don’t get me wrong, I was terrified of fighting. I had never gotten into a fight or even hit anyone, and the next thing I know, I’m stepping foot into a Muay Thai Gym.
Just the sound of “Muay Thai” was intimidating. I didn’t know what to expect. The coach was a little man from Thailand. He gave me my first pair of pink boxing gloves and red Muay Thai shorts. After changing clothes, I remember looking in the mirror and thinking, “I can’t believe I’m here right now!” I then tried to pump myself up, thinking “Okay, be like Gina, be like Gina.” Walking out of the bathroom, the coach said, “Oh good, you look like a fighter now.” By the end of the class, I fell in love with it; I was so excited.
It lit a whole new fire inside me. The girl who had once hated herself now had confidence.
I wanted to learn everything, every: punch, kick, knee and elbow. I would then watch Gina’s training footage and try to mimic her combos by shadow boxing in the hallway of my house and in front of my dresser mirror. I felt […]
“My entire life has been
My name is Chandra. I am a 21 year old girl. My entire life has been one long battle. I’ve had to fight for myself from an extremely young age as my father killed himself when I was 5 years old. My life hit a downward spiral. After living in many different homes, I have finally found myself and discovered that I am not my past or my circumstances. I have become a stronger person and I have Muay Thai and Gina Carano to thank for that. I have been practicing Muay Thai for 6 months now, during which time I have secured a future for myself by working hard as I was accepted into University to get my teaching degree in Language. I saw Gina Carano in Fight Girls, and watching her gave me the strength I needed to pull myself out of the hole I was in. Gina’s genuine spirit and fighter’s heart is what pushed me to get my life on track again.
I had my first fight this past weekend (The SASCA Championships) I fought a woman who has been practicing the sport for four years. I held out for three rounds going the distance, but was completely out of my league. Every time I hit that ring floor or had the wind knocked out of me, I kept thinking about what Gina would have done, so I stood up and took my beating. Proving my confidence was worth the worst hits of a black eye and bloody mouth. After I finish University, my dream is to become a professional Muay Thai fighter and meet Gina Carano. If I could say anything to Gina, it would be thank you. Thank you for inspiring me; you have no idea I exist but the impact you have made on my life is phenomenal. If I achieve none of my dreams, I know one wish came true, having a fighter’s heart. I know that every time that bell rings for the next round, I will keep trying. In life, I can hold my head high.
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