'Put some clothes on': Backlash over MMA great's risque photo

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Gina Carano attends a UFC event in 2011. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Former MMA fighter and Hollywood star Gina Carano has been called out by a UFC colleague after posting a very risque photo on Instagram.

Carano, one of the first female megastars of MMA, uploaded a naked photo on her personal account on Saturday with an inspirational quote from Prince.

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“I find freedom sexy. I find freedom so sexy I can't even explain it to you,” she wrote.

“You wake up every day and feel like you can do anything.”

However Carano copped some unwanted backlash from former UFC fighter Renzo Gracie, who said Carano was beautiful enough not to have to post ‘sex pics’.

“Put some clothes on… you don’t need it.. you are among the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen..” he wrote.

“That makes you unique.. there’s no need for sex pics… you are the most beautiful woman that walk around. Simple as that.”

Carano, 38, never fought in the UFC but was a star in Strikeforce and EliteXC before her retirement in 2009.

She has since embarked on a successful acting career, featuring in Fast & Furious 6 and Deadpool.

Gina Carano in action against Cris Cyborg in Stikeforce in 2009. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Poirier outlasts Hooker in ‘fight of the year’

Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier absorbed several heavy blows but delivered a few more on Saturday night, ultimately outlasting Dan Hooker for a unanimous decision victory in a “fight of the year” candidate in the main event at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

Poirier (26-6) and Hooker (20-9) boxed at an incredible pace throughout the first two rounds, both remaining standing despite being rocked multiple times.

Hooker nearly ended it late in Round 2, after both fighters had already been bloodied, but Poirier slowly took control down the stretch.

He showed his conditioning in an impressive final round to claim scores of 48-47 from two judges and 48-46 from the third.

It was Poirier's first bout since he lost via rear-naked choke to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight championship bout in September of 2019, the longest time between fights in his career.

In October, he had hip surgery that kept him from bearing weight on his leg for eight weeks.

But the 31-year-old proved he had the stamina to go the distance, saying afterward that he “had a few more rounds left in me.”

“It was a tough one man,” Poirier said. “Dan came to fight. He's a tough guy on the rise.”

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