Former Women's MMA Superstar Gina Carano to Star in Action Flick 'In the Blood'

John HeinisSenior Analyst IFebruary 20, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Anchor Bay FIlms

Former EliteXC and Strikeforce superstar Gina Carano continues her surging film career this spring when she stars in the action flick In the Blood.  

"Gina Carano stars as Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past. When her new husband (Cam Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, Ava uncovers a violent underworld of conspiracy in the middle of an island paradise," Anchor Bay Films said in a press release sent to Bleacher Report. "Armed with a deadly set of skills, Ava sets out to discover the truth – and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for his abduction, one by one."

The release also states that the movie will hit theaters on April 4 in a joint effort with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

Carano, who compiled a 7-1 record inside the cage between June 2006 and August 2009, starred in her first filmBlood and Bonea direct-to-DVD September 2009 release about a group of fighters competing on the Los Angeles underground scene. 

In her handful of feature films, Carano's biggest role to date was as Riley Hicks in 2013's Fast and Furious 6. 

Recognized as one of the pioneers of women's MMA, the 31-year-old fought in the first televised MMA bout to feature two females on Showtime, when she squared off with now fellow retired competitor Julie Kedzie. 

Carano won the February 2007 encounter via unanimous decision, with both woman being credited with "Fight of the Night" honors. 

Despite not walking out to the cage in over four years, Carano was still one of the top 10 most searched athletes in the world in 2013, according to Yahoo!'s Year in Review.  


John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for