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I wake up every morning and I surprise myself. I wake up to a new me.
– Gina Carano
My first fight. I fought a girl that was a little bit heavier, a little bit more experienced and I was petrified because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. And I did really well against her and nobody believed it was my first fight.
On ‘American Gladiators,’ I got to pummel a lot of people off a pyramid with a giant Q-tip. It was so much fun to wrestle people with no risk of getting knocked out or choked out.
I know I don’t look like the skinny slender model. I know I look a little different but people like to watch me for some reason. It feels good and I’m humbled by it.
Since I’ve started fighting it has taught me a lot about self respect, self confidence and self control.
The ultimate first date? Something that is completely out of the ordinary – go crazy, because first dates are always a little awkward, so do something a little extreme.
I know I’m always rooting for the underdog in a fight, and I love to be constantly surprised.
It’s a constant battle for everybody, but you need to be happy with yourself.
I like fighting because it’s honest.
My knowledge of video games ends with Nintendo ‘Mario Bros.’
It’s a very big deal to me to remain the same person because I know all of this is going to be gone one day and I’m just going to have myself.
I think I came up in fighting in a really technical way. If you’ve ever seen my fights, you know I love distance, I love technique.
Well you know, I have the utmost respect for people like Angelina Jolie and Zoe Saldana in ‘Colombiana. ‘
When I throw a punch, I mean it.
There are certain things that I always dreamed of, like fighting in the UFC. There’s just certain things that I feel like haven’t been accomplished there. There’s such great women coming up in the sport; seems like a wonderful time to be in women’s MMA.
I definitely don’t want to be one of those athletes who turns into a cheesy actress.
My mom used to tell me: ‘It’s not what you weigh; it’s what you look like.’
I think there’s a part in each one of us that wants the impossible to happen, and that’s what surprises are.
I am always training because I love it.
I want people to see me for who I am and not for how someone else is trying to promote me.
You shouldn’t be greedy. You should feel good about yourself and not be greedy of what other people have.
A lot of people enjoyed the film ‘Haywire’ and a lot of people have mixed feelings on it but regardless, a lot of people have said really wonderful things about it being my first experience, that the fighting they absolutely enjoyed. So I think I’ve gotten a lot more fans, actually.
You want to get better even after people smash you down. You want to be better than you were before.
I don’t mind answering any questions, because I’m not just a fighter. I’m a lot more than that.
I was always bigger than the other girls. My sisters are very, very beautiful and very skinny, and I’ve always had a more muscular body. So I grew up with a different mentality.
I have gotten some of the most beautiful experiences that a person can possibly ask for so I’m not at all complaining.