|Born:||April 16, 1982|
Dallas County, Texas
|Bra/cup size:||36E (80E) (same as DD cup)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||143 lb (65 kg)|
Gina Joy Carano (born April 16, 1982) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. Carano appeared as the Gladiator "Crush" on American Gladiators. She has been referred to as the "Face of Women's MMA."
Carano lost by TKO to Women's Lightweight (145-Pound) Championship bout in the main event of Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg.
Carano was born in Dallas County, Texas, the middle daughter of Glenn Carano and Dana Cason. She has two sisters. Her father played for the Dallas Cowboys as a backup quarterback from 1977-1983 and for the USFL Pittsburgh Maulers as a starter in 1984, their only year of operations.
She graduated from Trinity Christian High School in Las Vegas, NV where she led the girl's basketball team to a state title. She also played volleyball and softball. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno for a year and then University of Nevada, Las Vegas for three, where she majored in psychology.
Mixed martial arts career
Carano started her career in the sport of Muay Thai. After achieving a Muay Thai record of 12-1-1, Carano received an offer to participate in the first-ever sanctioned female MMA bout in Nevada. She was invited to the World Pro Fighting show in Las Vegas to fight Rosi Sexton from the United Kingdom.
She fought on the February 10, 2007, EliteXC card, defeating Julie Kedzie via unanimous decision in what was called "the fight of the night".
Her scheduled bout against Jan Finney at the EliteXC/K-1 Dynamite!! USA event on June 2, 2007 was canceled due to illness. The Fight Network and other organizations reported that she was rushed to the hospital via ambulance due to dehydration while attending a World Extreme Cagefighting event as a spectator.
Carano fought on the September 15, 2007, Showtime EliteXC card, where she defeated Tonya Evinger via submission.
Carano defeated former HOOKnSHOOT Champion bantamweight) and 145 (featherweight) pounds (61.2 and 65.8 kg, respectively), EliteXC opted to create a women's weight class at 140 pounds. Carano agreed to forfeit 12.5% of her "show" purse to Young, and the fight remained on the card.
Carano fought against Kelly Kobold on October 4, 2008 at EliteXC: Heat at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida which was broadcast on CBS.
Leading up to her fight against Kobold, there was much controversy over whether or not Gina would make weight for this fight, having fought only once in the past year and not making weight at that time. Gina assured critics that she would be able to make weight since she had hired a nutritionist to help with her dieting. At the weigh-in for the Kobold fight on October 3, 2008, "Gina Carano weighed in at 142.75 pounds on her first attempt. After removing her sports bra, a towel-covered Carano weighed in a second time at 142.5 pounds. On her third attempt without any clothes on, Carano weighed 141 pounds, successfully making weight.
Early on, Kobold was intent on pressing Carano in the clinch, while working for the takedown throughout the fight. Kobold managed a takedown in the second round, but the round ended before she could take meaningful advantage of it. Carano worked her opportunities by hitting Kobold at every turn whenever the fighters separated, while also opening a huge gash on the inside of her opponent’s eyebrow in the first round. At the end of the third round, Carano looked to finish the fight as she unloaded a head kick that landed flush on Kobold’s chin, but Kobold was not knocked out and the bout came to a close.
Carano won by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) and remained undefeated. After she won, she dedicated the fight to her grandfather.
The fight against EliteXC folded. The possibility of the fight depended on which promotion the two women signed with next.
Strikeforce Women's Lightweight Championship bout
After Strikeforce purchased the assets of ProElite, Carano, along with other fighters within the defunct promotion, became contractually linked with Strikeforce, after many months of a stalemate regarding their free agent status.
It was announced at Women's Championship for the bout.
Though the 145-pound division is most commonly referred to as featherweight, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker later stated that the title would be known as the Strikeforce Women's Lightweight Championship.
Carano lost the fight against Santos by TKO at 4:59 in the first round.
Outside mixed martial arts
Carano starred in the cult film Ring Girls. Based on true events, Ring Girls is a fast-paced story about five American women from Las Vegas who take on the ultimate challenge of fighting the best female Muay Thai fighters in the world.
Along with Lisa King, Carano served as a mentor to aspiring female fighters in the Oxygen reality series American Gladiators (in which she also starred in the work out video of the show, along side with: Monica Carlson (Jet), Jennifer Widerstrom (Phoenix), Michael O'Hearn (Titan), Tanoai Reed (Toa) and Don "Hollywood" Yates (Wolf) The DVD was released in December 16, 2008. She is also featured in the new Michael Jai White film Blood and Bone.
She was profiled in a feature story for the ESPN series Natasha, a purchaseable hero unit, portraying the Soviet sniper/commando in various cutscenes.
She was ranked as #5 on the "Top Ten Influential Women of 2008" on Yahoo!
In May 2009 it was announced that Carano was ranked #16 in Maxim's Hot 100 list.
In 2016 she portrayed Angel Dust in the Marvel film Deadpool.
Gina’s ex-boyfriend Kevin Ross, a pro Muay Thai fighter, got her involved in Muay Thai.
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