The Conviction Is Back: 10 Photos To Celebrate the Return of Gina Carano

Dale De Souza@@DaleDeSouzaMMAAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2011

The Conviction Is Back: 10 Photos To Celebrate the Return of Gina Carano

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    She's young, she's sexy, she's a knockout in every sense of the word, and if you're Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, you might want to hope she's lost more than a few big steps since the last time she fought you, because above all else...

    She's back.

    I could only be talking about Gina "Conviction" Carano, one of the first ladies of the cage to have challenged for a women's world title.

    Moments before the Strikeforce Grand Prix began this past Saturday, it was announced that Gina would in fact be returning to the cage sometime before the end of the year.

    To celebrate her return, here are 10 photos of one of Strikeforce's hottest female fighters—and don't forget that when Ms. Carano finally does get her first fight back in the cage, B/R will be the first to let you know about it!

In Action

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    SAN JOSE, CA - AUGUST 15:  Cris Cyborg (L) battles Gina Carano during their Middleweight Championship fight at Stikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on August 15, 2009 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
    Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

    Remember fellas, she's a girl who packs a mean punch, some brutal Muay Thai, and... did I mention she packs a mean punch?

    Whoever decided to be smart and knock people because they hit like a girl, we should hope wasn't talking about Gina Carano.

    Trust me, boys: Not only CAN Carano kick your ass, but if you ever question the power with which this girl can hit, she WILL kick your ass.

In The Cage and Loving It

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    She trains at Xtreme Couture with Gray Maynard, Forrest Griffin, Randy Couture and a bunch of other dudes, and as you can tell, she's none too distraught or disgruntled with that.

    She actually looks like she's having fun training and constantly prepping up to kick ass.

    So tell me, how can you NOT like a girl that doesn't seem to have her complaints about what she does?

    If I ran a gym and I had a girl like her as part of my roster of fighters, I wouldn't care that she was bashing my face in.

...And This Is Why Most of Us Have a Crush On Carano

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 13:  Mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano attends the 30th Annual Salute To Women In Sports Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on October 13, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for the Women�s Sports Foundation
    Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

    Personally, I think it's the blue dress that brings out the girl in her, but it's the smile that has me thinking about Gina all day and all night.

    Call it contagious, but it wouldn't be the same if it was any other, nevermind.

    Wouldn't be the same if it was with somebody else.

Much Like Any Average Jack-or-Jill

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    Gina's not exactly a high-class kind of girl.

    Give her jeans and one of those lovely tanks over a $50,000 pair of heels any day of the week and you might be the best person ever to her.

    She isn't fancy, and she isn't your daddy's image of a daughter...because daddy doesn't want her little kick to break a boy's nose.

    Of course, she's going to anyways, pops. Might as well let her f**k somebody up.

Hitting the Heavy Bag

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    Damn, I want to go to the gym now...

    I mean, I really want to go to the gym, find their heavy bag and punch that damn thing until it stops feeling good.

    I mean, do you blame me? It just looks so good hitting the bag.

    Well, maybe that girl makes it look good.

Naughty or Nice?

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    One decision means you get this smiling Gina coming through the chimney because there's a high probability that Santa shows up in another state and wraps up another last round for a fighter that's likely going to get wrecked anyway.

    The other means this lovely booty shows up to your house and pummels the holy hell out of you for being bad and not having both hands on the keyboard when you looked at her on the Internet.

    Either way, you get Gina, and we all see Gina, so our holidays are happy!

    (P.S. Santa, when you're done gift-wrapping another round for a guy that should lose by TKO due to an injury, I'll need to find where Gina's going to be on X-Mas Eve this year... I need me some Crush this holiday season.)

    Fun fact: Many believe that this is actually former model Jaime Koeppe and not Carano... if you ask me, though, people could just be feeding the obviously-false stereotype that there's no such thing as a hot MMA women's fighter.

    If it were Miesha Tate, you boys would definitely not have both hands on the keyboard.

Gina's Girl Time

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    Sometimes, a girl's gotta have some girl time—it can't always be about kicking another girl's ass.

    Gina spent such a time once with one Tara LaRosa.

    No trash talk, no scuffle, not even a "Who Loves Carano?" t-shirt contest...just shooting the breeze as ladies tend to do.

This Is Why She's Called Crush

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    Oh, American Gladiators, how you must be Cro-Copping yourselves now because Carano is gone.

    And hey you, might want to look into her eyes instead of staring at her butt.

    I mean I like the view too, but now isn't the time and place.

    Oh, by the way, she's got a knack for crushing competitors that think they're going to crush her, hence the nickname.

Not Your Average Girl

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    She's like your best friend, if your best friend was a girl...a very beautiful Italian-American girl from Dallas County with gorgeous eyes and one hell of a right kick (pictured).

    If you want a girl that's got the look of a beautiful woman and yet still is able to fight as well as any male in the sport, that's Gina Carano for you.

    Again, try to avoid saying that she can't hit because she's a girl.

At the End of the Day...

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    Few make a man smile or want to smile (while punching people in the face) quite like Gina does.

    Who else could be sexy and still have enough in them to kick ass on a daily basis?

    Well, there's Miesha Tate, Sarah Kaufman and Marloes Coenen, plus Lisa Ward and the Frausto sisters.

    Cris Cyborg...that's your call.

    I'd say unless Miesha's right behind me with a pillow case loaded with bars of soap (preferably Dove, better known as the "soap of the gods"), I'll take Gina over just about any female fighter in MMA any day.


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    Daring, dangerous and damn-it-all-beautiful—that's Gina "Conviction" Carano for you.

    We don't know who she's facing yet, nor do we know when or where, but a word of advice to Cris Cyborg:

    Don't expect the same Gina Carano that got TKO'd in front of almost 14,000 people in the HP Pavillion in San Jose almost two years ago.

    She's coming back (hopefully) sometime this year, and when she does...look out.