Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gina Carano Biography

Gina Carano Biography
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Nickname : Conviction

Height : 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm)
Weight : 144.5 lb (65.5 kg) (weigh-in May 30, 2008)
Nationality : American
Born : April 16, 1982 (1982-04-16) (age 26)
Fighting out of : Las Vegas, Nevada
Town of birth : Dallas County, Texas
Team/Association : Xtreme Couture
Fighting style : Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Early Life
Gina Joy Carano (born April 16, 1982) is an American mixed martial arts fighter; her specialty is Muay Thai. Carano also appears as the Gladiator "Crush" on American Gladiators. She has been referred to as the "face of women's MMA".[1]
Carano was born in Dallas County, Texas, the middle daughter of Glenn Carano and Dana Cason. She has two sisters, one older and one younger.[2][3] 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 High School in Las Vegas, NV where she led the girl's basketball team to a state title.[4] She attended the University of Nevada, Reno for a year and then University of Nevada, Las Vegas for three, where she was a psychology student.[5]

Martial arts career

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.[6]

She fought on the February 10, 2007, Showtime EliteXC card, defeating Julie Kedzie via unanimous decision in what was called "the fight of the night".[7]

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.[8]

Carano fought on the September 15, 2007, Showtime EliteXC card, where she defeated Tonya Evinger via rear naked choke for her first career win by submission.[9]

Carano defeated former Hook N Shoot champion Kaitlin Young on EliteXC: Primetime on May 31, 2008.[10] A day before the fight, Carano failed to make weight for her fight (140 pounds (63.5 kg)) after weighing in at 144.5 (65.5 kg). Although most MMA organizations set weight classes at 135 (Bantamweight (MMA)) and 145 (Featherweight (MMA)) pounds (61.2 and 65.8 kg, respectively), EliteXC opted to create a women's weight class at 140 pounds.[11] Carano agreed to forfeit 12.5% of her "show" purse to Young, and the fight remained on the card.[12]

Her next fight is scheduled for October 4, 2008 at EliteXC: Heat at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Her opponent for that fight will be Kelly Kobald.[13]

Outside martial arts

Along with Lisa King, Carano served as a mentor to aspiring female fighters in the Oxygen reality series Fight Girls. She currently appears as "Crush" on the NBC show American Gladiators. She will also be featured in the new Michael Jai White film Blood and Bone slated to be released sometime in 2008.[14]

She was profiled in a feature story for the ESPN series E:60, and was voted "Hottest Woman In America" by Big Biz Magazine in the Spring of 2008 issue.[15] On May 13, 2008, "Gina Carano" was the fastest-rising search on Google and third most searched person on Yahoo!.[16][2] She is set to appear in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Natasha.[17]

MMA record


  1. ^ a b Kevin Iole (May 28, 2008). Carano wants to be fighter first, star later. Yahoo Sports. Alt: [1]. Accessed 2008-08-01.
  2. ^ "interview GINA CARANO". Retrieved on 2008-09-16. 
  3.  ^ Jack Sheehan (September 1, 2007). Don't let her good looks fool you Stunning Gina Carano has a near-perfect record in mixed martial arts. Las Vegas Sun. Accessed 2008-01-01.
  4. ^ "interview GINA CARANO". Retrieved on 2008-09-16.
  5. ^ "World Pro Fighting - Las Vegas, September 15, 2006". Retrieved on 2007-09-16.
  6. ^ "EXC live coverage from Southaven, MS". Retrieved on 2007-09-16. 
  7. ^ Sick Carano Off EliteXC Card (May 17, 2008) Accessed 2007-05-17.
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  9. ^ Ariel Helwani (May 28, 2008). Carano: 'I just didn't really want to stay out of the ring' Fox Sports. Accessed 2008-05-29.
  10. ^ Luke Thomas, Bloody Elbow [2]
  11. ^ Carano Misses Weight. (May 30, 2008) Accessed 2008-08-01.
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  13. ^ "Gina Carano N Michael Jai White Kick ass in Blood and Bone". Retrieved on 2008-01-23.
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  15. ^ Google trends - Gina Carano (May 13, 2008) Google. Accessed 2008-08-01.
  16. ^ Gina Carano as Natasha in Red Alert 3. (May 30, 2008) IGN. Accessed 2008-08-01
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