by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com (Photo courtesy of Tom Casino, EliteXC)
“I think it’s going to be one of the better fights of the night, at least I’m planning on it,” said Gina Carano when she joined MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio show to discuss her upcoming Feb. 10th, EliteXC fight against tough veteran fighter Julie Kedzie.

As one of the forefront female fighters in MMA today, Gina Carano is quickly becoming a household name among MMA enthusiasts. Her impressive wins over Elaina Maxwell and her appearance on MSNBC’s new series “Warrior Nation,” have each given Carano loads of publicity in recent months. A few short years ago, Carano didn’t imagine that she’d be an MMA fighter, but her decision to jump from college student to K-1 fighter to MMA fighter has been a profitable one for her.

The question is, now that Gina is such a household MMA name would she ever consider going back to just fighting kickboxing shows instead of MMA?

Gina said, “I miss just stand up fights where people aren’t trying to take you down, but I’m really, really loving the cage and the MMA and the anything goes kind of stuff. It’s really been working out well for me, so for now I’m sticking with MMA, but I’m open to more stand up Muay Thai fights in the future.”

Under the tutelage of her Muay Thai coach Master Toddy and her experience working with other coaches and workout partners such as Marc Laimon, Forrest Griffin and Mike Pyle, Gina has amassed a (3-0) professional MMA record and has almost single-handedly changed the face of female fighting. Carano brings with her not only top-notch Muay Thai skills, but also intelligence and good looks – all traits that make her both a fan and media favorite.

Gina said, “I hope to live up to that…in this sport I’m such a baby and I want to grow, so if people want to see me as that, then that’s fine, if they want to put me there that’s fine, but I still need room to grow ‘cause I’m just starting out.”

As one of the main card fights – and the only female fight – that will be aired live on Showtime, Gina no doubt feels some pressure to put on a good fight. What can fans expect when the cage door closes and she and Julie touch gloves?

“I think you guys are going to get introduced to a freakin’ awesome brawl between two females with technique, with skill and with huge hearts,” Carano said.

Carano vs. Kedzie will air on Showtime on Saturday night as part of the undercard for the main event of Frank Shamrock vs. Renzo Gracie.