Gina Joy Carano (born April 16, 1982) is an American actress, television personality, fitness model and a former mixed martial artist. Carano appeared as Crush, a Gladiator on American Gladiators. She has been referred to as the 'Face of Women's MMA.' Carano was formerly the third best 145 lb (66 kg) female fighter in the world, according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. Carano was born in Dallas County, Texas, the middle daughter of Dana Joy (ne Cason) and Glenn Thomas Carano. She has two sisters. Carano has said that she has a 'small percentage' of Italian ancestry. Her father played for the Dallas Cowboys as a backup quarterback from - and for the USFL Pittsburgh Maulers as a starter in 1984, their only year of operations. She graduated from Trinity Christian High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she led the girls basketball team to a state title. She also played volleyball and softball.
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