Gina Carano made the cover of ESPN magazine with a short photo spread on the inside. She was in incredible shape for this shoot. I am guessing it was done right before her fight with Cyborg, because she looks super cut. There are small photos but you can click on them for the full size image. Enjoy.
According to Variety, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Oceans 11/12/13, Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight) has cast MMA starlet Gina Carano in the lead role of his next film. Here’s what we’re dealing with:
Scripted by Lem Dobbs, “Knockout” casts Carano as a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes. The film is a closer cousin to “La Femme Nikita” and “Kill Bill” than “Million Dollar Baby,” in that it doesn’t take place in the fight ring. Rather, Soderbergh considers the film as a flat out action film in the James Bond mold, and will shoot in locations around the world that include Ireland, Turkey and the U.S. Soderbergh will surround Carano will name actors in supporting roles.
Knockout, which begins production in late January 2010, follows a very busy 2009 for Soderbergh, who released two movies this year: The Girlfriend Experience (which employed a similar bit of stunt-casting with porn-star Sasha Grey in the lead role as a high-end escort) and The Informant!, which comes out later this month.
Though Carano has previously appeared as “Crush” on American Gladiators and made a cameo in the low-budget action flick Blood and Bone, this will be her first role in a high-profile film production. Carano hasn’t yet revealed if she’ll be taking another fight in Strikeforce before the year’s end, so be warned — a long, Cung Le-esque layoff could be in Gina’s future.
Here are some of the photos of the lovely Gina Carano before her fight with Cris Cyborg for their fight on Showtime on August 15th. She looked great before the fight and beautiful as always. Please feel free to share with your friends on Twitter or Facebook using the buttons at the bottom of the post.
Here it is. Stopped 4:59. Controversy. Carano vs. Cyborg. Lookout for a rematch down the road. Gina looked like she gassed out too quickly. She will have to spend more time on cardio next time. I still love her.
After watching this fight a second time, I feel that the bell rang before the ref stopped the fight. Regardless, Gina didn’t protest about his decision, but from a controversy standpoint it definitely looks like the fight should have continued, as he jumped in after the bell. I’m looking forward to the eventual rematch.
The Gina Carano Vs. Cris Cyborg fight is on tonight at 10:30 at Showtime. Make sure to watch. Good luck Gina, I’m pulling for you.