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Gina Carano Continues Mainstream Push, Makes Top 20 of Maxim 'Hot 100'

She may not have a home in the MMA world right now, but Gina Carano is still blowing up in the mainstream media world, as she will be ranked inside the top 20 of Maxim's "Hot 100" list for 2009.

The news was passed along to FanHouse from Carano's agent, Matt Walker.

Carano is included in some pretty good company. Among the others listed from Nos. 11-20 include Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit magazine covergirl Marisa Miller. The "Hot 100" issue will be released on May 13.

Gina Carano Photos

    Gina Carano catches all the action at the Strikeforce show on Saturday, April 11, 2009 in San Jose, Calif.

    Tom Casino, Strikeforce

    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 15: MMA fighter Gina Carano and UFC fighter Tyson Griffin attend UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar at the MGM Garden Arena on November 15, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

    Jon Kopaloff, Getty Images

    Gina Carano, right, punches Kelly Kobold during an Elite XC show on Oct. 4, 2008.

    Tom Casino, CBS-SHOWTIME

    Gina Carano, right, punches Kelly Kobold during an Elite XC show on Oct. 4, 2008.

    Tom Casino, CBS-SHOWTIME

    Gina Carano kicks Kelly Kobold during an Elite XC show on Oct. 4, 2008.

    Tom Casino, CBS-SHOWTIME

    Gina Carano, right, kicks Kelly Kobold during an Elite XC show on Oct. 4, 2008.

    Tom Casino, CBS-SHOWTIME

    Gina Carano celebrates her unanimous decision win over Kelly Kobold at an Elite XC show on Oct. 4, 2008.

    Tom Casino, CBS-SHOWTIME

    Image #: 6187912 Mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano during a segment of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at CBS Television City on September 29, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Francis Specker /Landov

    Francis Specker, Landov

    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: MMA Superstar Gina Carano is seen during the Workout/Media Day with Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano at the Legends Mixed Martial Arts Training Center on September 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gina Carano

    Robert Laberge, Getty Images

    20080531NKM 11/x Kaitlin Young lands a punch to the face of Gina Caranos during in their 140 lbs. Elite Xtreme Combat match at the Prudential Center. Newark, NJ 5/31/08 10:15:04 PM NOAH K. MURRAY/THE STAR-LEDGER

    Noah K. Murray, The Newark Star-Ledger/Corbis



She hasn't fought since EliteXC's finale last October, and has been in negotiations with Strikeforce, but has also mentioned talking to the WEC. Strikeforce is hoping to put together the long-awaited Carano vs. Cris Cyborg matchup that was expected to come about in EliteXC until the company folded. She recently told FanHouse's Ariel Helwani that she expected to be back in action by August.

Her matchups on CBS saw the biggest audience draw of any fighter aside from Kimbo Slice. Since then she was profiled on ESPN's E:60 and had her likeness used in a videogame.