The world of Mixed Martial Arts ("MMA") made its debut on national television Saturday night when CBS broadcast the Elite XC event live from Newark, New Jersey. An average of 4.3 million viewers tuned-in to get a glimpse into the world of MMA and they were treated to a great fight from the "female face of MMA," Gina Carano.
Carano remained unbeaten and improved her record to 6-0 with a TKO victory over Kaitlin Young. The daughter of former Dallas Cowboys QB Glenn Carano, the girl known as "Conviction" has been selected to appear in the first-ever mixed martial arts trading card series manufactured by the Donruss Trading Card Company.
Slated for release in mid-July, "Ring Kings" pays tribute to the world's fastest growing sport. Appearing in the Donruss Americana II series, over 30 different fighters will be making their trading card debut in the series including George St. Pierre, Forrest Griffin and Urijah Faber. Gina signed autographs for Donruss and included a pair of fight worn gloves that swatches of material will be placed on cards to create a memorabilia version.
"We're excited to be able to include Gina in this program," said Donruss Marketing Director Scott Prusha. "We hope to show how multi-dimensional the sport is by having the top female fighter in the world. We know her card will be one of the most popular Rookie Cards in the set."
Carano currently stars as "Crush" on the "American Gladiators" TV series and is schedule to appear in the EA video game "Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3."
The Americana product, which Donruss launched earlier this year, pays tribute to actors, musicians and legendary figures in American pop culture. The set includes prominent figures ranging from Kurt Russell, John Travolta and Goldie Hawn to legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin and President George W. Bush.
Donruss Americana II is set to release this July and will be packaged and sold in both retail and hobby stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.donruss.com.