GINA CARANO (Mallory Kane) is widely considered to be the
face of Women's Mixed Martial Arts. Her athletic achievements include her
participation in the first-ever sanctioned MMA bout in Nevada. Carano defeated
opponent Leiticia Pestova in an impressive 39 seconds. Carano was influential in
the introduction of women in competitive fighting—her December 2006 fight
against Elaina Maxwell was the first time StrikeForce, the well-known MMA
promoter, had women on their card. Carano was the victor, defeating Maxwell by
unanimous decision. Three years later, Carano fought Christine Cyborg-Santos in
the first StrikeForce Women's Lightweight Championship. This fight was also the
first Women's Main Card Event and was televised nationally on Showtime.
Born in Dallas, Texas, and the daughter of Glenn Carano, a former Dallas
Cowboys quarterback, Carano was brought up in an athletic environment. Carano's
career as a Muay Thai specialist began in the famed Master Toddy Gym in Las
Vegas, Nevada. Under Master Toddy, Carano competed multiple times
internationally, garnishing a 12-1-1 professional Muay Thai record. Carano was
simultaneously pursuing a degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas, but as her fighting career grew and Carano realized her passion for the
sport, she chose to focus solely on Muay Thai, traveling the world for fighting
Carano hopes to continue to balance acting with her ongoing fight career. She
currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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