MMA star, actress visits Fort Leonard Wood

Story and photo by Marti Yoshida
Public Affairs Office

After spending years to gain acceptance as a female in the world of mixed martial arts, Gina Carano, now an actress, was put to a different test when she recently visited Fort Leonard Wood last month in preparation for her next possible movie role.

“I was introduced to acting one week after I lost my first MMA fight,” Carano said. “I welcomed the break. I had just spent years and years in gyms and in fights and dealing with promoters and the public’s complete confusion of females being accepted in this world of MMA. No female had gotten to the level I had. There was no path; just a ton of shrubbery, and I was the first to get hit hard.”

While Carano still trains every day and considers mixed martial arts an…     Read More...