Gina Carano

Gina Joy Carano (born April 16, 1982) is an American mixed martial arts fighter, model and actress. Carano appeared as the Gladiator "Crush" on American Gladiators. She has been referred to as the "Face of Women's MMA."

Carano was formerly the #3-ranked 145-pound female fighter in the world according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.

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 Fight Girls. She appeared as "Crush" on the NBC show American Gladiators, in which she also starred in the workout video of the show along 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 Michael Jai White film Blood and Bone.

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 2008 issue. On May 13, 2008, "Gina Carano" was the fastest-rising search on Google and third most searched person on Yahoo!. She has also appeared in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Natasha, a purchasable hero unit, portraying the Soviet sniper/commando in various cutscenes.

She was ranked as #5 on the "Top Ten Influential Women of 2008" list on Yahoo!

In May 2009, it was announced that Carano was ranked #16 in Maxim's Hot 100 list.

On September 6, 2009, she was reported as playing the leading role in a new spy thriller movie "Haywire" directed by Steven Soderbergh.

She is one of the cover athletes for the October 19, 2009 edition of ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue.

Born : April 16, 1982 (1982-04-16)
Dallas County, Texas, United States
Other names : Conviction, Crush
Nationality : American
Height :5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight : 143 lb (65 kg; 10.2 st)
Style : Boxing, Muay Thai
Fighting out of : Las Vegas, Nevada
Team : Xtreme Couture

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