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Gina Carano Channels Mel Gibson circa 1996 in Trailer for “In the Blood”

On Wednesday, we passed along the incredibly generic poster for Gina Carano‘s latest action flick, In the Blood, which in itself is an incredibly generic, almost meaningless series of words. Seriously, unless Carano’s character swims in her husband’s blood and/or reveals that he is actually her brother (TWIST!) in this film, In the Blood is the kind of vacant, faux-badass phrase that makes absolutely zero sense and seems destined for an Affliction shirt in the near future.

In any case, a trailer for In the Blood hit the Interwebz earlier today. In it, you will find Carano going all “Give me back my son husband!” across Fiji maybe (?) after a ziplining escapade gone awry unearths a conspiracy that goes ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, I TELLS YA! While the trailer makes sure to include plenty of ‘splosions, Superman punches*, and the guitar riff you always hear at UFC weigh-ins, it is surprisingly absent of Danny Trejo, which makes me wonder if he even beheads a guy with a machete before having a threesome with the jabroni’s wife and daughter in this film. (*sighs*)

In the Blood hits select theaters, iTunes, and On Demand April 4th.

*Which brings us to our next CagePotato Ban: Superman punches in movies featuring MMA fighters. Has there ever been a movie tentatively connected to MMA that *didn’t* include this move? We get it, the Superman punch has a cool name and looks cool to boot. It’s also a technique that only an absolute dipshit would attempt in a street fight. 

-J. Jones

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Photos of the Day: Gina Carano Points Gun at Somebody for ‘In the Blood’


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Above you’ll see the official poster for In the Blood, the new Gina Carano action-movie vehicle which will be released April 4th in select theaters and on iTunes and On Demand. From an art-direction standpoint, I rank this above the UFC’s Gustafsson vs. Manuwa trainwreck, but only slightly. While it’s nice to see Gina as the central focus of the film’s marketing, the poster doesn’t really tell you anything about the movie. It’s just a chick aiming a gun at somebody or something, for some reason, while projecting a generic air of calm determination. Plus, not including Danny Trejo’s horrifying mug somewhere is a missed opportunity. Look, it’s not like we won’t watch the damn movie, but sometimes complaining about things is all you have in the world.

After the jump: Six Gina-related photo stills from the movie, via JoBlo.com.

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Ronda Rousey Is Really Doing This Acting Thing, Lines Up Roles in ‘Entourage’ and ‘The Athena Project’


(Moments later, a tricked-out Mitsubishi Lancer crashed through the window, and Ronda armbarred it. Cut to tasteful sex scene. / Photo via FlicksandBits)

Roles in the The Expendables 3 and Fast and Furious 7 didn’t stop Ronda Rousey from dominating Miesha Tate in December. And so, the UFC women’s bantamweight champ is delving even further into acting, with a pair of major movie projects lined up for 2014.

According to Variety, Rousey has landed a gig as one of the female leads in the upcoming Entourage movie, which starts filming in mid-March. [Ed. note: Please be Turtle's girlfriend...please be Turtle's girlfriend...] After that, Rousey is attached to star in a Warner Bros. adaptation of The Athena Project, which is about “a top secret, all-female Delta Force counter-terrorism team…sent in to hunt and kill a master terrorist after a bombing in Rome kills 20 Americans. Trouble ensues once the team realizes there’s more at play than a simple bombing.” Man, isn’t there always?

Though Warner Bros. is still negotiating rights to produce The Athena Project, which currently lacks a script, Variety‘s sources say that Rousey “fell in love with the book and also quickly clicked with author [Brad] Thor, attaching herself to the project before it even had a studio involved.” And here’s one more line from Variety’s report that was interesting:

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[VIDEO] Gina Carano Returns to the Small Screen in February on Almost Human


(Thanks to CP reader Steven Wong for the tip/image.)

Good news, Taters! Former MMA starlet Gina Carano is making her triumphant return to the world of television and all we can say is Hnnnnnng

Carano, who is coming of a successful turn in Fast and Furious 6*, will guest star on the next episode of Almost Human, the future cop/Robocop buddy cop show on FOX. If the episode promo after the jump is to be believed, it looks like Carano will be playing an emotionless cyborg killing machine that has gone off the reservation…Haywire, you might even say. (*sad rimshot*)

Carano also has two projects currently in the works — In the Blood (a.k.a female Taken) and an untitled Adi Shankar project (a.k.a female Expendables). It’s always nice to see an old friend finding employment, but especially so when that friend is Gina Carano and that work involves corsets and fishnets.

The next episode of Almost Human airs February 3rd on FOX, so join us after the jump for a sneak peak.

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5 MMA Fighters Who Left at the Right Time


(One of these men is on this list. The other one continues to jerk us around. / Photo via Getty)

By Mark Dorsey

Following Anderson Silva’s devastating leg-break against Chris Weidman at UFC 168, many observers hoped that one of the greatest fighters of all time would decide to retire in order to spend time with his family and count all of the “Anderson Silva money” he’s earned from fighting. Hell, even Silva’s son was hoping he would hang his gloves up. But following successful surgery, Silva has expressed his desire to return to the cage. Hopefully this is not the case. Silva has nothing left to accomplish in the sport, and at 38 years old, he would be facing a steep uphill battle to recover and earn back his belt.

Choosing to walk away from a long, fruitful MMA career is not an easy decision. Most fighters continue to compete long after they should have walked away. Nevertheless, every once in a while, an astute fighter realizes that their best days are behind them, and they decide to leave the sport for greener pastures. The following list is a tribute to five fighters who decided to leave MMA at the right time.


(Photo via Esther Lin/MMAFighting)

Georges St-Pierre recently decided to leave the sport of MMA for an undetermined amount of time. The reason why GSP’s decision to vacate his welterweight title is so incredible is because it’s so rare to see athletes leave at the top of their game. We’re used to dominant athletes staying too long, unable to give up the roar of the crowd and the lure of the paycheck. The list of accomplishments on GSP’s resume is long, varied and practically unparalleled in the sport of MMA. His in-cage achievements make him a legitimate candidate for the greatest of all time, with only fighters like Anderson Silva and Fedor Emeliananko even worthy of being mentioned in the same breath.

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On This Day in MMA History: Gina Carano Weighs in Nude and Sets into Motion the Collapse of EliteXC


(Photo via Esther Lin/Combat Lifestyle.) 

“I get a lot of flack from people who are like ‘oh she’s not serious about fighting’ and that’s not it at all…I’m not just a fighter…I’m a bunch of things, I have a lot of interests…I’m really looking forward to after this fight just sticking to a routine and a program. I’m just getting a handle on it, I think that’s why I’ve slipped up in certain areas, missing weight, I’ve been all over the place, cause I didn’t have any stability or anything.”

That’s former WMMA star Gina Carano defending herself after missing weight by nearly 5 pounds prior to her bout against Kaitlin Young at EliteXC: Primetime. And indeed, many fans were questioning Carano’s “Conviction” after her weigh-in blunder, but those questions would quickly turn into cheers when Carano was forced to drop trou to make weight for her next bout with Kelly Kobold at EliteXC: Heat — five years ago today.

Of all the “On This Day in MMA History” posts we have ever done, this is the only entry in which we almost got to see a naked Gina Carano, and that’s kind of what MMA is all about, is it not? While Carano would defeat both Young and Kobold despite missing weight, she would be chased right out of the sport by Cyborg Santos (who is looking pretty good herself these days, all things considered) in their August 2009 Strikeforce title fight. While we would try to replace Carano with Ronda Rousey some three years later, WMMA would truly never be the same again.

These days, Carano is enjoying a budding film career, with a starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire and a supporting role in Fast & Furious 6 already under her beltas well as an upcoming role in an all-female version of The Expendables on the horizon. Carano is also set to star in the action-thriller In the Blood, which according to The Hollywood Reporter, will see Carano play, “A wife whose husband disappears while they’re on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. She takes matters into her own hands and pursues the men who took him, uncovering a deeper conspiracy.”

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Seduced by the Lure of Hollywood, Ronda Rousey Claims She Only Has Two Years of Fighting Left in Her


(Image via Ronda Rousey’s Facebook page)

Despite her relatively short time in the spotlight, Ronda Rousey is already a master manipulator of MMA media. From dissing shallow celebrities to floating her theories on pre-fight sex, Rousey has a way of making provocative statements that seem designed to get the MMA blogosphere churning out headlines. So keep in mind that this entire post is based on something that Ronda may have said only for the purposes of self-promotion. You’ve been warned.

Today’s eyebrow-raising Ronda-quote comes to us from MMAJunkie, who asked Rousey about her new acting career, which is starting with a role in The Expendables 3 and could continue with a supporting spot in Fast and Furious 7. As Rousey explained:

“I said from the beginning that I work in quadrennials,” Rousey told MMAjunkie.com. “I do four-year cycles. I think I’ve got two years left in me, realistically, if I’m going to do this like an Olympic run…

“I think one profession has a much-longer shelf life than the other,” Rousey said. “My last fight, I was kind of forced to face my mortality a little bit. I had an air of invincibility about me, and I was kind of forced to realize statistically there is a chance you could get permanently hurt or even die. There’s only so many times you can roll the dice.

“I am the best f—ing fighter in the world, and I truly believe that, but you’re still rolling the dice no matter who you are, so I do have to kind of set up an exit strategy. That’s what I did wrong in judo. I followed it all the way until the end, and I didn’t put any thought into after…

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MMA Alternate History: What if Gina Carano Beat Cris Cyborg in 2009?


(Photo via MMAWeekly)

By Matt Saccaro

There are points in MMA history that if one punch is ducked, one kick is thrown, one submission is secured, the entire fate of the sport changes.

Numerous fights hold the distinction of being important enough that history hung in the balance while the combatants tried to incapacitate one another, but one that doesn’t get much attention in the discussion of Griffin/Bonnar-level important fights is Gina Carano vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (or now Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. Whatever, we’re just gonna call her Cyborg). Yeah, most people recognize its importance as the first BIG fight in WMMA history, but their appreciation for it doesn’t extend past that. And, historically, it shouldn’t. The fight was a big deal but it lead to nothing good. It sent the most recognized fighter in WMMA away from the sport forever. Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and others had to pick up the mantle that Gina Carano ran away from.

But, for a moment, let us pretend that the result of Carano vs. Cyborg was reversed. That’s what the second installment of CagePotato’s Alternate History series is based on: The fallout of Gina Carano hypothetically defeating Cyborg in Strikeforce.

What Would’ve Happened if Gina Carano Defeated Cyborg in 2009?

Before we get into counterfactuals, let’s briefly discuss what happened historically.

EliteXC (gee it fields weird to type that name again) had a burgeoning women’s division, no doubt to say “Hey, we have something the UFC doesn’t” and to draw attention away from the fact that their male roster wasn’t as loaded as the UFC’s. Not an issue though, because the women were awesome. Two specific ones were more awesome than most: Carano and Cyborg.

Carano was the most marketable female fighter at the time because she’s fucking gorgeous — and not just “fighter” hot, but seriously attractive. She could fight pretty damn well, too. Pushing Carano was therefore a no-brainer.

Cyborg isn’t conventionally attractive but she’s gifted at inflicting violence. Legitimate talent combined with an affinity for smashing fighters in a crowd-pleasing way is easy to promote.

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Caranowatch: Former Gladiator-Turned-Fighter-Turned-Actress to Add “Superhero” to Her Resume


(Regardless of which direction Carano chooses to take this character, SUCCESS.) 

I know, I know, but just shut your mouths and listen for a second.

On the heels of a memorable role in the highly successful Fast and Furiousix and with two other projects currently in development, the newly single Gina Carano is less a budding star and more the next, Angelina Jolie, I guess? For the life of me, I cannot think of one actress I would consider an action star……..(*snap*) Sigourney Weaver! Gina Carano is the next Sigourney Weaver.

Aaaaanyway, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Carano will now be looking to add the title of “superhero” to her ever-growing film resume in the near future. The former MMA star is teaming up with comic book writer Rob Liefeld to bring his Avengelyne character to life on the silver screen, so they report:

Carano and Liefeld will be at Comic-Con on Saturday to meet with fans and sign posters that feature Carano as the character.

Carano and Liefeld are reconceiving and rebuilding the title into a starring vehicle for Carano, and the movie project is intended to be in the vein of Underworld, the popular vampire-vs.-werewolves franchise starring Kate Beckinsale.

A search for a writer or a writer-director to adapt Avengelyne will begin next week.

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Heads Up, Bachelors: Gina Carano is Single Again!


(You see, Henry? This is why you never date a triple threat, especially when that third threat is “Ability to strangle a man to death with bare hands.”) 

Dependent on whether you’re just a single dude with incredibly unrealistic expectations or a gossip whore with an incredibly loose grasp on reality, you will probably take the news that Gina Carano is once again single as either a gift from the Gods or a travesty on par with the time K-Stew and R-Pats broke up. In any case, US Weekly is reporting that the power couple of Carano and not Christopher Reeves are donzo.

This is normally where we’d block quote something from the actual article, but are you fucking kidding me? THIS IS SINGLE AGAIN, YOU GUYS. Let’s celebrate with photos and gifs after the jump.

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