In case you were unaware, Ronda Rousey is fighting tonight. Yes, it’s true. She’s defending her UFC championship belt against Bethe Correia at UFC 190, and because it’s Rousey – and she’s a superstar – stories have been written about tonight in Rolling Stone, the New York Times… pretty much everywhere.

But let’s take a moment to give some respect where respect is due.

Rousey may be a trailblazer in women’s MMA for convincing Dana White that the UFC needed chick fights, but it was Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg and their epic conflict in Strikeforce back in 2009 which proved that the world was ready for women in the cage.

Last night Carano and Cyborg were in attendance at the Muay Thai promotion Lion Fights, and they snapped this pic.

6 years later ☺️ [email protected] and still one of the nicest people I’ve met.

A photo posted by GinaJCarano (@ginajcarano) on

Remember folks: If not for them and what they proved, Rousey would not be fighting tonight.