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Gina Carano — We Hope It Was Worth It

Late last year, the lure of Hollywood came calling for Gina Carano. Though she was one of the brightest rising stars in MMA — not just female MMA, but MMA in general — she decided to forsake her undefeated record and career momentum, signing on to star as “Crush” on NBC’s remake of American Gladiators. Metaphorically speaking, she gave it up to the first guy with a flashy car and a slick pick-up line.

It was tragic, for a number of reasons. Carano’s been a role model to untold numbers of young women, proving that you can retain your femininity while still being tough-as-nails, but she’s taken a hiatus from fighting to suit up in Spandex and do silly things above pools of water. In other words, she’s reinforcing the idea, held by too many young Americans, that doing stupid shit on national TV has more value than doing something worthwhile in relative obscurity.

I’m sure part of the reason Carano took the Gladiators role, besides the money, was to promote herself as viable television talent; if not acting roles, Carano could surely score hosting gigs post-AG for shows in the vein of Fear Factor or Wild On. The problem is, in all the press and promo clips we’ve seen for the show, Carano’s name is rarely mentioned. Instead she’s just “Crush,” a Gladiator, a Warrior; she’s occasionally identified as some sort of pro fighter, though her legitimate MMA pedigree is never discussed. Any hopes that her presence on the show would be a good thing for MMA should by now be deflated.

So when I see this clip of her on The Today Show this morning, standing next to a ridiculous man-beast named “Wolf,” half-naked in 40-degree weather, being swatted with a pugel stick by Ann Curry, getting chastised by Matt Lauer for getting too rough with another NBC fluff-piece reporter, and having to deal with Meredith Viera’s minstrel dress-up antics (the housewives love that shit), I just hope that they’re paying her enough to deal with this humiliation. And I hope that diehard “Beautiful Disaster” fans take her back when the guy with the flashy car and pickup line moves on to the next pretty face…

(Thanks to 5oz. for the heads-up.)

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marty- May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm
Hey dumbass,
why don't you sorry pieces of whatever get off your lazy asses and figure out what your talking about before you go make yourself look this stupid. As a practioner and huge fan of mma i think she is doing wonders for ag and mma. For those of yall who didn't know she can easily make weight for fights. She is undefeated in the ring with five fights under her belt and has been in many muay thai fights with an impressive record there as well. So she isn't being lazy but hey there isn't a whole lot of call for female fighters in mma. There are only a handfull that are even known like carano, tara larosa, and debbie purcell. And anyone who wants to say she is an idiot for flushing her carrer down is an idiot. One she is making more money than you, two she could probably kick your idiotic asses any day of the week, and three if your gonna talk about some one know your freaking facts. All of yall dissing carano sound like uninformed idiots and are probably to lazy yourselfs to even get remotely close to how good a shape she is in.
workinonmyjitsu- May 7, 2008 at 12:07 am
Do I have to be the first person to say this - "Gina is Kit Cope's Sloppy Seconds". There. I said it. For all of the marketing and puffing up of this chick, she did want to spend the rest of her life with Kit Cope - The Uber Douche...Gina Carano is a sorry piece of trash.
thetuf75- April 15, 2008 at 5:50 pm
Hey morons- she is fighting on CBS on May 31st and after she dismantles her opponent- I think we will forget about this silly article.
Necros- April 9, 2008 at 5:16 am
Wow, what a bunch of idiots... If you can't see that Gina's role on American Gladiators will help MMA gain more fans, than you're stupid. As dealan said, Gina is more known now thanks to the show than before and many of her fans will get interested in watching MMA too because of her and AG. Humiliation? Come on... This article is simply pathethic...

I hope Gina will stay on American Gladiators for a long time, while also fighting in the MMA too.
gvd- March 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm
lol this video is so pathetic it makes me laugh... good job ruining your career
jay- March 7, 2008 at 5:00 am
i agree with you dealan....i didnt know who gina was before american gladiators. For those who are calling her lazy i would LOVE to see you get in the cage with her and have her kick your ass.
dealan- January 16, 2008 at 2:07 am
For what it's worth, I've never heard of MMA (or even knew what MMA stood for) until I looked into Gina's background more. I'm not usually into sports (more of a scripted TV girl myself) but I childhood nostalgia made me check out AG, and she stands out as the best female Gladiator there. She's definitely one of the early favorites of the fans. As a result, I looked into more of what she had done, and that's how I found this site. It may be that she has sold out or that this may be a mistake that detracts from her credibility in EliteXC, but hey, you've got at least one new fan the sport solely because of Gina's participation in AG and I can't imagine I'm the only one.

Check out youtube and look at the spike her fight videos have taken and how many comments are in there referring to her as Crush. And yeah, you could argue that she could promote the sport more vocally, but she's on the mainstream cultural radar now and just by being who she is, being so different from the other Gladiators, she's going to bring in more casual/newbie fans like me. (Now whether you guys want us is a different question, but that's another story.)
Turdburglar- January 15, 2008 at 12:54 am
adda boy cock blast.
Cockblast Chewy- January 15, 2008 at 12:11 am
I heard that Gina is actually in the new highly anticipated blockbuster movie CLOVERFIELD.......She is the MONSTER!!.....thats NOT a shell on the monsters back,.....its just her big fat BARRELL ASS!!!..........Gina you suck, sell out!!!....good luck with your new movie!!!.....have a nice day!!
Turdburglar- January 14, 2008 at 11:44 pm
actually in that live interview she's looking more towards 160-165lbs.
Turdburglar- January 14, 2008 at 11:28 pm
She didnt take American Gladiators for the money, she did it because she's lazy and a fat ass!

She has trouble making 140lb!! she's a fucking chick!! so fucking lazy, she took the easy way out. she wants to stay at 155lbs and eat buckets of icecream every day. look at her in her get up for AG, does she look in good shape?? NO.

way to go Gina!
tick- January 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm
WTF..... sell your soul and find the devil wears spandex.
and when this tanks i foresee soft core porn!
onehump- January 14, 2008 at 4:26 pm
That's some pretty boring TV. I'd like to see Gina do a round with "Wolf". I'll bet she'd rip his arm off and stuff it up his ass.
Luke- January 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm
Aside from the sex-based digs here, I agree.
lolwut- January 14, 2008 at 4:17 am
i think we can all safely agree that shes fuked up this bad so far that her only possible step is to pose for playboy :)
Popetastic- January 14, 2008 at 4:09 am
Well said. I couldn't agree more.