Gina Joy Carano is an an as-yet-undefeated American Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Her specialty is Muay Thai. Carano also appears as the Gladiator "Crush" on American Gladiators. Born in Texas in 1984, Ms. Carano studied psychology at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in addition to her martial-arts training. She is one of the first-ever women to fight in the sanctioned MMA tournaments in Nevada.
After achieving a Muay Thai record of 12-1-1, Carano received an offer to participate in the first ever female sanctioned MMA bout in Nevada. She was invited to the World Pro Fighting show in Las Vegas to fight Rosi Sexton from the United Kingdom.
She fought on the February 10, 2007, Showtime EliteXC card, defeating Julie Kedzie via unanimous decision in what was called "the fight of the night".
Along with Lisa King, Carano served as a mentor to aspiring female fighters in the Oxygen reality series Fight Girls. She currently appears as "Crush" on the NBC show American Gladiators. She will also be featured in the new Michael Jai White film Blood and Bone slated to be released sometime in 2008.Carano defeated former Hook n Shoot champion Kaitlin Young on EliteXC: Primetime on May 31, 2008. A day before the fight, Carano failed to make weight for her fight (140) after weighing in at 144.5 lbs. Although most MMA organizations set weight classes at 135 (Bantamweight (MMA)) and 145 (Featherweight (MMA)) pounds, EliteXC opted to create a women's weight class at 140 pounds. Carano agreed to forfeit 12.5% of her "show" purse to Young, and the fight remained on the card.
The next best thing - fans could even get to catch her in the upcoming Electronic Arts'(EA) game on Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Natasha Volkova. She will be replacing Boris whose character dies/ eliminated in Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge.
Here's what is written on EA:
Natasha Volkova is a Russian folk hero, so much so that hers is a household name (her first name, that is) among Soviet citizens who love to show up in throngs to her staged appearances on national holidays and in military parades. Paraphernalia autographed by this highly decorated Leningrad-born sniper is known to sell for many tens of thousands of rubles, though few Soviets would be unconscionable enough to willingly part with such a treasure. After all, the Soviet Union has none other so renowned for her astonishing marksmanship, startling beauty, and complete devotion to the Soviet cause. Allegedly, Natasha's natural talent with a rifle was discovered early on by Soviet military recruiters, who worked with the press to make her name and prowess become the talk of the Union--and, before long, the world. While her exploits tend to be exaggerated, she is determined (some say hell-bent) to live up to her living-legend image.
Date of Birth: March 22, 19--
Likes: Hunting, Ballet, Raw Food Cooking
Dislikes: Bureaucrats, Paparazzi, Pacifists
» SV Korshunov Sniper Rifle (existed in Red Alert 3 only)
» Monogrammed Target Designator
» "Lady of the People" Beret
» Waterproof free-breathing elastane uniform
» 8x10 glossy photo pack w/ Premier's pen