BiographyGina Carano was born on April 16, 1982, in Dallas County, Texas. As the daughter of former NFL and USFL quarterback Glenn Carano, Gina Carano grew up in an athletic family and was active in dancing, gymnastics and basketball at Trinity Christian School in Las Vegas. She also has fond memories of enjoying Las Vegas shows like "Night of the Round Table" as a youngster.
Although Gina Carando had the opportunity to continue playing sports at the university level, she stayed close to home and enrolled in psychology at the University of Nevada. Part of her reason for remaining in Nevada was because her sister, Casey, was battling a substance abuse problem and Gina Carando felt that it was important to be close by. It was during this time that she started training in Muay Thai and six months later, she was ready to fight professionally.
gina carando in muay thai and mmaWith her sister enjoying a successful recovery, Gina Carando continued to train in Muay Thai and found more enjoyment in the sport than anything else she had done previously. In fact, she quit school to devote all of her time to fighting, and all indications pointed that it was the right decision. In her first 14 Muay Thai fights, she posted a 12-1-1 record and, in 2006, Gina Carando joined the MMA for a bout against Leiticia Pestova at Orleans Arena.
Gina Carando's MMA debut resulted in a first-round knockout victory over her opponent, and she followed it up with a second round TKO against Brit Rosi Sexton in the first official Nevada MMA fight between women. Additional victories in 2007 against Julie Kedzie and Tonya Evinger on Showtime's EliteXC card were next, and Gina Carando's continued success won her a spot on Fight Girls, where she served as a coach to young fighters.
gina carano on american gladiatorsIn 2008, Gina Carano continued her dominance in the cage while seeing her stock rise in the entertainment world. An MMA showdown with Kaitlin Young was nearly canceled when Gina Carano didn't meet the weight requirements for the fight. After settling it by giving some of the purse to her opponent, Gina Carano promptly knocked Young out and continued her winning ways. This led to a featured spot on E:60 and a surge in internet popularity for Gina Carano.
Away from the ring, Gina Carano was also featured in Maxim and was selected as the Hottest Woman in America by Big Biz Magazine. Not to be outdone, Gina Carano made the leap to regular television by joining the buff bodies of American Gladiator. Now she's preparing to make a leap onto film screens by costarring with Michael Jai White (Spawn) in the new film Blood and Bone. With additional work in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Gina Carano is slowly but surely conquering all forms of media, while continuing to silence her opponents in the cage.
gina carano makes 2009 top 99In January 2009, AskMen.com readers voted Gina Carano to the Top 99 list. She came in at No. 73 on AM's Top 99 Most Desirable Women list, proving, once again, that men everywhere love a woman with fight.