Carano is former television personality, fitness model, and former mixed martial artist in the MMA. Carano began her training with straight Muay Thai to competitive MMA where she had tenures in organizations such as Strikeforce and EliteXC and has been featured in ESPN The Magazine as well as Maxim. Her popularity with fans and audiences has helped her garner the title of being the "Face of Women's MMA" and was ranked on the "Top Ten Influential Women of 2008" list on Yahoo!
She was formerly the third best 145 lb (66 kg) fighter in the world, according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. On August 2009, Carano would also headline Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg with Cristiane Santos, which marked the first time two women headlined a major MMA event. As a competitive fighter, her standings consists of a 12–1–1 Muay Thai record and a 7–1 WMMA record.
Outside of MMA, Carano also appeared as "Crush" on the revamped 2008 television series American Gladiators. Following her departure from MMA, she began a career in acting. Her debut breakout performance was in Steven Soderbergh's 2011 action-thriller film Haywire, which earned her a nomination for Best Actress in an Action Movie at the 18th Critics' Choice Awards. Carano would then star in the 2013 blockbuster film Fast & Furious 6 and in John Stockwell's In the Blood.
At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, Avengelyne co-creator Rob Liefeld announced production for a big-screen adaptation of the comic book was in development, in which Carano would star as the titular character.
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