Some people may know her as the rough and tough "Crush" on American Gladiators, while others know her as the hard-hitting, ass-kicking MMA fighter Gina Carano.
Born in Texas on April 16, 1982, Gina Joy Carano was born to compete. Her father was a backup QB for the Dallas Cowboys from 1977 to 1982 and then as a starter for the USFL Pittsburgh Maulers in 1984.
Gina followed in her father's footsteps and began competing in different sports in College. She led her basketball team to the state title, and also played softball, and volleyball.
Gina began her pro career as a Muay Thai fighter racking up a 12-1-1 record. She made her EliteXC debut against Julie Kedzie on Feb. 10, 2007 by decision. She then defeated Tonya Evinger, Kaitlin Young and most recently, Kelly Kobold on other EliteXC events.
Gina Carano's good looks and talent made her a household name. She has appeared in movies and is the third most popular name on Yahoo!
While Carano was getting all the attention, another female fighter was starting to make waves in the MMA world. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos won six straight fights after losing her first professional fight.
After having won their fights at EliteXC: Heat, the undefeated Carano and the 6-1 Cyborg were arguably the top two female MMA fighters in the world. A fight between the two seemed inevitable. Unfortunately, EliteXC—the organization in which both girls were fighting—ended up bankrupt. Both girls, among others, were out.
With the downfall of EliteXC, a lot of fans were disappointed that the Cyborg/Carano fight may never take place...until now that is. UFC president, Dana White, expressed interest in hosting an eventual fight between Cyborg and Gina, probably in WEC. He even said he would be interested in signing Gina Carano to WEC. He would be "testing the waters" with her, bringing female fighters to WEC, and making them fight Gina.
She would definitely make more money with WEC then with EliteXC, so it would be surprising to see Gina refuse a contract with WEC.
It would be very interesting to see a female division in the WEC; and the anticipated fight between Gina and Cyborg may take place sooner then we think.