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Round 5 Announces Release of Gina Carano Figurine

Round 5 has announced plans to release the first female MMA action figurine today making Gina Carano the 12th fighter to sign on with the Canadian based company.

Carano’s figurine will be released this summer as part of a Series 4 that will be available in stores such as Toys ‘R’ Us, Champs Sports and FYE.

Round 5 allows their fighters to retain complete control over their likeness up to and including their pose, facial design, and clothes that are used on the figurines.

Round 5 President Damon Lau released a statement in which he called Carano a star not just in MMA but in the mainstream. He expects her figurine to be highly successful among the sport’s fans as well as among people who have seen her on TV or in magazines.

Carano has emerged as the face of women’s MMA and was a ratings boost for the now-defunct EliteXC promotion. She was the first female fighter to ever appear on U.S. network television when she fought on an October 2008 card. She also participated in the first ever women’s MMA bout in Nevada in 2006.

Carano reached millions of homes when she portrayed American Gladiator Crush on NBC’s re-make of the once popular combat show. She also served as a coach on the Oxygen network’s Fight Girls

Round 5 has released likenesses of such fighters as Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Tito Ortiz in their Series 1 release. Series 2 featured fighters Rich Franklin, Sean Sherk, Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva.

Available this April as part of Series 3 will be heavyweights Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, Frank Mir and referee “Big” John McCarthy.

WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will be part of a series that will be released sometime in 2009.

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