Gina Carano changed the face of MMA

Robin Roberts gets in the game with MMA fighter and actress Gina Carano.


1. Gina Carano was born April 16, 1982 in Dallas, Texas.

2. Her father, Glenn, was the backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 1977-1983.

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With moxie and talent, Gina Carano redefined how women in MMA are perceived.

3. Carano graduated from Trinity Christian High School in Las Vegas, where she led the basketball team to a state title.

4. She attended the University of Nevada-Reno before transferring to UNLV for three years. She majored in psychology.

5. Carano's mixed martial arts career began when her boyfriend, a pro Muay Thai fighter, encouraged her to try it at age 21.

6. After achieving a Muay Thai record of 12–1–1, Curano was asked to participate in the first sanctioned female MMA bout.

7. She was Crush on "American Gladiators" in 2008.

8. Carano was one of the cover athletes -- along with Serena Williams -- for the 2009 edition of ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue.

9. On Aug. 15, 2009, Carano lost the Strikeforce women's middleweight championship to Christine "Cyborg" Santos by TKO at 4:59 in the first round. Carano has not fought since.

10. Carano currently has a record of 7-1 as an MMA fighter.

11. in January 2012, the California State Athletic Commission announced that Cyborg had tested positive for steroids in 2011. This caused some to question whether her victory over Carano was valid.

12. Carano's television and film career includes role in the cult film "Ring Girls" and participating in the Oxygen reality series "Fight Girls." In 2009 she landed the lead role in Steven Soderbergh's thriller "Haywire."

13. She is serious about being an actress: "I know it's a craft and I know it's an art, and I know if you train at something you can get better at it," she told Robin Roberts. "I want to see an athlete crossover correctly and do it well. It's a challenge to me."

14. Her next big film will be "Fast & Furious 6," which is currently in production.

15. On returning to the sport of MMA: "My last fight wasn't the way I wanted it to go so there is a hole there, don't count me out."

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