These days, Gina Carano is best known for her career in television and film.
The 37-year-old native of Dallas, Texas, has starred in flicks like Haywire, Fast & Furious 6, and Deadpool. More recently, she played the role of Cara Dune on the hit Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.
However, prior to her big-screen debut, Gina Carano was a professional mixed martial artist. Sure, there are plenty of folks that are vaguely aware of her previous occupation. However, she last competed roughly a decade ago, and there is now a whole new generation of fans who know next to nothing about one of the most important careers in the history of women's mixed martial arts.
While Ronda Rousey is the person who is credited with bringing women's MMA to mainstream audiences, it was Carano who was originally dubbed the 'face of women's MMA'.
To truly understand the impact the Hollywood star had on the sport, who she was as a fighter, and human being, we are going to take look at five moments many fans either don't know about or may have forgotten.
From 1999-2003 Jacques performed on the Florida independent pro wrestling circuit. He also has an amateur wrestling background and currently holds a certification in Krav Maga. Jacques graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on twitter @goodeals79.