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.
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.
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.
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.
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.