Carano was inspired to train in MMA by drinking a 40oz of Olde English. Story goes that Carano and her ex-boyfriend were watching a UFC event in his parent’s house, throwing back 40 ounces of the mildly-popular malt liquor. Carano’s boyfriend drunkenly told his father that he could train MMA if he wanted, but his dad proclaimed that it would be impossible for him to do anything with a 40oz in his hand (which is not true, I’ve hijacked apartment golf carts with a 40oz in my hand). Apparently he put the bottle down, started training and stopped drinking for an entire year. Now he’s an instructor somewhere, and is probably still regretting the day he broke up with her. Bummer.
After seeing her boyfriend train, Gina was somewhat inspired to do the same thing. Carano claims she really got into combat sports after Master Toddy, her muay-thai coach, called her ‘fat’. Apparently when you’re a muay-thai master, you can call a chick anything and get away with it. Maybe ‘fat’ in Thai means ‘You’re a hot chick and need to train in MMA.’
On April 6th, Darcy’s Muay Thai TV released exclusive and super rare footage of Gina Carano training with Master Toddy or nearly a half-hour. I don’t think anyone has seen this footage aside from Master Toddy himself. Keep in mind this was a private training session. Oh, and the link regarding the massive party at the University of Arizona? I threw it. It’s historic now.