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Gina Carano

Updated on January 30, 2017
Carano started her career in Muay Thai.
Carano started her career in Muay Thai.

An Inspiration to Ladies Everywhere

Born in 1982 in Dallas County, Texas, Gina Carano is one smoking hot bad-ass. She has a kickboxing record of 12-1 and a professional MMA record of 8-1. She is credited to being the "Face of Women's MMA". These days Gina is known as an American actress, television personality, fitness model, and former MMA athlete.

Gina Carano's father played for the Dallas Cowboys as a second string quarterback, and also played for the Pittsburgh Maulers. Athleticism runs in her blood! Gina attended a Christian graduated from Trinity Christian High School, where she played basketball, volleyball, and softball. She attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and graduated with a degree in psychology.

So not only is she a smoking hot, hardcore fighter, she's a very smart, smoking hot, hardcore fighter.

Mid-fight, Carano was known for throwing strikes as well as crippling kicks to her opponents.
Mid-fight, Carano was known for throwing strikes as well as crippling kicks to her opponents.

Early Career

Carano began her MMA career in Muay Thai. Her then boyfriend Kevin Ross, a professional Muay Thai fighter, introduced her to the sport. After boasting an impressive Muay Thai record of 12-1-1, she was offered a fight in the very first sanctioned female MMA fight in Nevada for World Extreme Fighting. She won the bout via submission in the second round. Her next big moment was being invited to fight against Rosie Sexton in the World Pro Fighting Show in Las Vegas. Again, Carano won the bout in round two, this time by knockout.

Gina's powerful kicks in action
Gina's powerful kicks in action
Another of Gina's powerful kicks
Another of Gina's powerful kicks
Getting ready to square up against an opponent
Getting ready to square up against an opponent

A Career on Top

In the first female sanctioned fight in Strikeforce, Carano faced Elaina Maxwell. The fight went the distance with Gina winning via decision.

The very first televised female bout between women was for Showtime's Elite XC and featured Gina Carano fighting Julie Kedzie. Gina won by decision and the fight was dubbed as "fight of the night".

Gina went on to win her next two fights, however one was controversial as she didn't make weight. She agreed to give up some of her winnings to placate the masses on her missed weight.

She again faced controversy leading up to her fight against Kelly Kobold. Many critics said that she wouldn't make weight once again. During weigh ins, a fully dressed Carano weighed in at 142.75 pounds. Her team covered her in a towel and she removed her sports bra and weighed again at 142.5 pounds. Finally, she undressed fully and was covered and made weight at 141 pounds. She won the bout by unanimous decision after going the distance.

Gina's first and only career loss came from a beast of a lady named Christiane Justino Cyborg Santos. Santos TKO'd Carano in the first round. After this loss, Gina all but retired from MMA and started focusing on her film career.

Gina is also a fitness model
Gina is also a fitness model
Gina at a red carpet event
Gina at a red carpet event

Television and Film

The first movie Carano appears in is a cult classic Ring Girls. She also appeared on Oxygen's reality series Fight Girls as a mentor. Gina was "Crush" on the revamped American Gladiators. She appeared in Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Natasha, and had a cameo in Michael Jai White's film Blood and Bone.

In 2009, she landed her first leading role as a spy in the poorly received movie Haywire.

In 2012, she was cast in the movie In the Blood, and also in 2012 she was cast in a movie hailed as an all female version of the Expendables.

Next up were roles in Fast and Furious 6, a comic book adaptation of Avengelyne. She had a cameo in the Fox series Almost Human. She co-starred in the 2015 film Extraction.

And my personal favorite, squeal inducing moment was Gina's performance as Angel Dust in Deadpool.

Another of her fitness model photos
Another of her fitness model photos

Keep an Eye Out

On the cusp of Ronda Rousey's domination in the ring, people tend to forget the lady who started all the fuss. Gina is a legend in the world of MMA, and she needs to be remembered. She's strong, brilliant, talented, and beautiful. And she never walked around with a chip on her shoulder pretending to be the best of the best. She always had a humble attitude and treated fans like people.

Gina Carano as Crush on American Gladiators
Gina Carano as Crush on American Gladiators


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  • profile image


    9 years ago

    Wow, she looks good and can kick my ass, thats wassup, you think it's alright if i ask her out...

  • BeccaHubbardWoods profile imageAUTHOR

    Becca Hubbard-Woods 

    9 years ago from Outside your window.

    She really is an inspiration. I like how she proves that women aren't just for looks. She's both beautiful and powerful. A wonderful role model for little girls, I think. Thanks for stopping by chrissie. : )

  • chrissie123 profile image


    9 years ago

    beautiful and strong!!! this is something more women I know need to be seeing!!!!!! I love when women realize their strength and beauty!!!! this woman is amazing!!

  • BeccaHubbardWoods profile imageAUTHOR

    Becca Hubbard-Woods 

    9 years ago from Outside your window.

    she is absolutely an amazing talent. I love to watch this chick fight, because she breaks the barriers of male/female martial arts. she's definitely one of my all-time faves. Thanks for stopping by, Astra. : )

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    Cathy Nerujen 

    9 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

    Wow, she's a fantastic lady! She is so fit!

  • BeccaHubbardWoods profile imageAUTHOR

    Becca Hubbard-Woods 

    9 years ago from Outside your window.

    more pics huh? I think I can handle that... : ) Perhaps more folks would like more pics as well.

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    9 years ago from USA or America

    I give you a thumbs up for a great article, but wouldn't more pictures of this hottie be even better? :) Just kidding. But, thank you for sharing. I learned something new I didn't know before coming to your hub. :)


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