Women’s MMA pioneer and former Strikeforce fighter Gina Carano has the MMA community in a stir after posting nude pictures on social media. However, the post has now been deleted.
The original post was a provocative picture of a naked Carano along with a quote from the renown artist Prince.
“I find freedom sexy. I find freedom so sexy I can’t even explain it to you. You wake up every day and feel like you can do anything.” – Carano wrote.
The former Strikeforce fighter received praise from former UFC fighters Julie Kedzie and Miesha Tate.
“You’re stunning and your confidence is inspiring! I Love this,” Kedzie commented. “Nothing is sexier than a free and confident woman,” Tate wrote.
However all reactions were not quite as positive. Veteran and former UFC fighter Renzo Gracie urged modesty in a comment on the post.
Renzo Gracie doesn't like when Gina Carano posts some sexy photos.
And this is silly, because every photo of Gina Carano is a sexy photo imo. pic.twitter.com/GKDczD1JbA
— Mike Skytte (@MikeLovesTacosX) June 28, 2020
“Put some clothes on… you don’t need it.. you are among the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen.. That makes you unique.. there’s no need for sex pics… you are the most beautiful woman that walk around. Simple as that.”
The harsh backlash may have been a contributing factor in Carano removing the post from her Instagram account.
While Ronda Rousey is unquestionably the most famous women’s MMA fighter of all time, her way to fame and greatness was paved by Carano. Debuting in 2006, Carano won seven straight bouts, including wins over Rosi Sexton, Tonya Evinger and the above mentioned Kedzie. She made history alongside Cris “Cyborg” Justinho when they became the first women to headline a Strikeforce event. While Carano would lost via TKO, the bout was inherently important for women’s MMA.