Carano-"Cyborg" to go five, five-minute rounds

June, 11, 2009
6/11/09
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Rossen By Jake Rossen
ESPN.com
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Cristiane SantosAP Photo/Jeff ChiuCristiane Santos, left, will finally get it on with Gina Carano.

Five Ounces of Pain has learned that Strikeforce's Aug. 15 women's title bout between Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos will go a full five rounds.

Ever better: Strikeforce has confirmed to ESPN that rounds will be a full five minutes in duration. About time. There appears to be evidence that females have a 10-15 percent lower oxygen consumption rate than men do, which conceivably could limit the kind of interval and muscular endurance performance that MMA demands, but is it really by so much that they needed competition duration reduced by nearly half?

Hopefully, subsequent women's bouts will follow suit. If any division is in need of curtailed rounds for the safety of participants, it's the sloppy super heavyweights. A blended cheeseburger is not a proper postworkout recovery drink.

Jake Rossen is a contributor to ESPN.com. His byline has appeared in the New York Times, Wired.com, and numerous other outlets. He began covering mixed martial arts in 1998.

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