What? You thought other female MMA fighters were just going to sit back and watch Carano take up all the spotlight without saying anything? Not by a long shot:
Vanessa Porto had beaten Evinger, too, in Fatal Femmes Fighting, and now she wants the American poster girl.
"I watched Gina Carano versus Tonya Evinger on Showtime," Porto said. "I have a message for Gina and EliteXC: Congratulations to Elite XC. They booked a fighter I already beat. I beat Evinger by submission in the first round ... and just can't understand how Elite could have invited Evinger instead of me to challenge Gina after that. But it seems Elite promoters were looking for an easier fight for their pretty star. Now we both have beat Evinger. I hope we can meet in the ring in a future show. I guarantee Gina will have a very hard time against me."
Notice the difference between how Carano is viewed by her peers versus Roger Huerta. Both Huerta and Carano are being nurtured as developing talents by their respective organizations, but the way Carano is coddled is not sitting well with talented female fighters who don't get the same opportunity or spotlight. Huerta is obviously given opponents that aren't top flight, but they aren't exactly pushovers either. Evinger wasn't a pushover for Carano, but Carano's size and Evinger's relative lack of experience made the outcome of that fight a fairly foregone conclusion. Huerta also fights comparatively inexperienced fighters, but a) the UFC doesn't promote Huerta as the best lightweight in the world, b) the UFC did not create a special weight class for Huerta's benefit, and c) Huerta's opponents have generally been significantly stiffer challenges. Fighters such as Evans, Crane, Garcia and Dent have posed real challenges to Huerta and forced "El Matador" to persevere in all realms of the fight.
The proof is in the pudding: who has been calling out Huerta? Virtually no one. For an established lightweight, there's nothing to gain by beating him. While Huerta's UFC treatment has heretofore been a tad more pampered than Jon Fitch's, the fact is the UFC has positioned Huerta as a fighter competing almost in a vacuum. He's getting the exposure, but he isn't getting the fights over other game fighters that - with a win - can propel their careers. That may all change should Huerta defeat Guida in a few months, but for now, Huerta is "doing his own thing."
Expect more arrows to be flung at Carano from rival fighters. Female mixed martial artists are chomping at the bit for the exposure and acclaim Carano has thus far enjoyed and it will only be a matter of time before she's forced to answer the call.