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Things About Gina Carano’s MMA Career Fans Should Know

Things About Gina Carano’s MMA Career Fans Should Know

Gina Carano is one of the most important women in the history of mixed martial arts. Although she had a short career in the sport, Gina was an incredible fighter. Her last professional MMA fight in the octagon was in 2009, but Carano remains one of the most well-known and influential people in the MMA community. She eventually turned to acting full-time and established a successful career in the industry. She has appeared in popular films like Deadpool and Fast & Furious 6. Although she has not been present in the MMA world for over a decade, her impact and influence on women’s MMA are still evident. 

 

Took Part in the first ever sanctioned female MMA bout 

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Carano competed in the first ever sanctioned MMA women’s bout in Nevada in 2006. She competed on the World Extreme Cage Fighting card and defeated Leticia Pestova by knockout in under a minute. This set the stage for her second professional bout after two months, when she faced Rosie Sexton at World Pro Fighting Championships 1 and knocked her out within the second round. 

 

She was a Basketball Player initially 

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Gina does not have a family background of fighters. In fact, her father was a former professional football player. “Conviction” primarily played basketball during her youth and led her high school basketball team to a state title as well. She also participated in volleyball and softball before being introduced to Muay Thai and eventually MMA a few years later. 

 

Began her career in Muay Thai 

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Gina is primarily known for her striking ability and entertaining Muay Thai style. Before entering MMA, she began training in Muay Thai early in her career. Carano was introduced to Muay Thai by her then-boyfriend. She honed her striking skills in Thailand and soon compiled an impressive record of 12-1-1. Her introduction to combat sports would later set the stage for her eventual MMA debut.

 

Started her career with 7–0 

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Carano was active in the MMA world for only three years and competed in a total of eight professional bouts. She started her career incredibly well with a  7-0 record, which included brilliant victories over Elena Maxwell, Julie Kedzie and Toni Evinger. Her strong background and skills in Muay Thai made her an exciting and entertaining fighter that fans eagerly tuned in to watch. She competed in both the bantamweight and featherweight divisions and retired with a 7-1 record. 

 

Always had problem in making weight 

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Carano has always had problems successfully making weight throughout her MMA career. She missed weight for her fight against Kaitlin Young in EliteXC. Additionally, she missed weight the first two times for her fight against Kelly Kobold. Unfortunately, for Carano, weight issues have always been a significant part of her professional career and have caused her a lot of criticism. Three of her eight MMA bouts took place at catchweight. 

 

Fought for the inaugural Strikeforce Women’s Championship

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After compiling a 7-0 record, Carano was scheduled to fight Cris Cyborg for the inaugural Women’s Strikeforce Championship. At the time, Cyborg was considered one of the most dominant finishers in women’s MMA and amassed a record of 8-1. Both Carano and Cyborg were two of the most famous female fighters in the world. Carano lost the bout by technical knockout in the first round. She was dominant throughout the fight and gave Cyborg a huge advantage in strength and size. Carano tried her best to withstand Cyborg’s powerful punches and kicks, but ultimately succumbed to her opponent’s strength. This was her final professional MMA fight. 

 

Carano was expected to return 

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When Carano suffered a devastating loss to Cris Cyborg, she was expected to return to action in 2010 and was scheduled to face Sara D’Alelio at a Strikeforce event held in Dallas on June 18. However, Carano was pulled from the fight a day earlier for undisclosed reasons that were related to a medical condition. 

 

Has always been quite popular 

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Gina’s achievements in MMA are not that impressive compared to veterans like Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg. However, she was and is quite popular in the MMA community due to her exciting style, charm and good looks. There was a time when Carano was one of the most searched athletes on the internet and was the face of women’s MMA. She is currently pursuing her acting career and remains a household name not only in the MMA world but in entertainment, specifically. 

 

Carano vs. Rousey was planned 

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Carano was ready to return to MMA in 2014. The UFC confirmed that they were working to sign her, but the contract negotiations continued to delay. She also revealed on Joe Rogan’s podcast that a fight between her and Ronda Rousey was being targeted in 2014. The bout would have taken place during Rousey’s dominant run and would have been a significant and iconic fight for women’s MMA. However, Gina never returned to the sport and the fight never took place. Gina explained she didn’t have enough time to prepare because she was inactive and didn’t have a gym she felt comfortable training in. 

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