Gina is of three sixteenths Italian descent, and her other roots include English, Scottish, Dutch, and German.The middle child of three close-knit girls, Casey being a year older and Christie, the youngest, Gina is their self-proclaimed bodyguard and highly protective of them. Growing up in Las Vegas, Gina, a natural born athlete and rambunctious tomboy, studied gymnastics, jazz, tap, ballet, rode horses, whooped up on her male cousins for fun at family gatherings, and wrestled and played football with the neighborhood boys.She uses these criticisms as fuel for her next bout against British fighter Rosi Sexton. Sexton, a cerebral fighter with a mathematics degree from Cambridge and over 10 years of martial arts experience, possesses a 6-0 MMA record.Many believe Carano will go down in flames but, with six seconds left to go in the second round, Gina knocks Sexton out with a jaw dropping and show stopping overhand right.In 1984, he was the starting quarterback for the USFL Pittsburgh Maulers.Gina's parents divorced when she was a child, but her father remained involved in her upbringing and is her biggest fan.Kedzie, who was once arrested with a group of 300 nuns at a protest, is a feisty brawler known for overpowering her opponents in the clench. The exciting fight, an amazing stand-up brawl, goes the distance with Gina knocking Kedzie flat at the end of the second round.
Critics begin to whine that Gina is receiving preferential treatment based on her striking good looks and that her talents as a fighter are less than stellar.
In June 2006, Gina's success in Muay Thai brings her to the attention of Jamie Levine of World Extreme Fighting in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
He offers her a fight against Leiticia Pestova who holds a MMA record of 11 wins and 2 losses.
Months later she found herself in a "fight club" situation in San Francisco where she took on any female fighter plopped down in front of her. Initially, because of her pretty face, spectators refused to take her seriously as a fighter.
It is a bias that has haunted her throughout her fighting career.