Ariel Helwani Brings Out the Inner Hippie in Gina Carano: A Fan's View

Former Strikeforce contender Gina Carano used to be known for her knockout power inside the cage, but her recent hippie-esque interview comments led me to the conclusion that she doesn't plan to return to the sport of mixed martial arts anytime soon. "Hippiedom" reminds me of key categories such as spirituality, love, health and freedom, all of which are topics that Carano brings up often in interviews.

Here's Carano's top five most hippie-dippy comments from recent interviews:

On Filming "Haywire"

When Ariel Helwani asked Carano where she has been for the past two and a half years, her response was "I dunno...I've been filming a movie..and just, y'know, living life, kinda getting to know myself a little better."

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Carano has been busy on the late-night talk show circuit promoting her big-screen movie debut in "Haywire," an action-thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh.

"Just living life kinda getting to know myself a little better" reminds me of something that Joni Mitchell or John Lennon would have said in the 1960s, and the mellow, laid-back way that Carano said it only reinforces the idea that she's a modern-day hippie.

On Elite XC

At the 4:37 mark of the video, Helwani asks Carano if she wishes her rise in the fighting ranks would have happened a bit slower than it did. "No. This was obviously God's plan to kind of show me what life's about," Carano responded. "I have gotten some of the most beautiful experiences that a person could possibly ever ask for."

When I heard Carano say this, I was reminded of the George Harrison quote that "The world is ready for a mystic revolution, a discovery of the God in each of us." Carano is embracing spirituality and religion, which are both major elements of hippiedom.

On Her Fighting Career

At the five-minute mark of the interview, Carano says "I'm not at all complaining. I got pushed out fast, and [my career] got paved in a beautiful way. There's a lot of great women's MMA fighters out there right now and there will be more in the future."

For someone who makes a living shooting guns and fighting in action movies, Carano sure uses the phrase "beautiful experiences" a lot. The lovey-dovey, hippie-esque way she describes her fighting career is intriguing, especially the way she speaks of it in her shy, relaxed tone of voice.

Conan Appearance

Gina Carano's recent appearance on 'Conan' made headlines worldwide, as she compared cage-fighting to having sex. "If you think about it, it's a very real interaction between two human beings," Carano said during the interview. "It's like an energy that no one else is going to share."

Her comments on the show were reminiscent of the 1960s hippie mantra of free love, peace and understanding. Describing sex and cage-fighting as an "energy that no one else is going to share" is one of the most hippie-dippy interview comments she's ever made.

On Her Movie Career

At the 13:20 mark of the video of her interview with Helwani, Carano says that filming Haywire was a two-year deal. "It's given me some time with my family and given me a lot of time to figure a lot of things out," Carano says. "I'm definitely still the same person, just maybe a little bit more knowledge about how to be healthy and how to love myself a little bit better."

Living a healthy lifestyle and being loving to yourself are some key elements of the hippie culture, so this was another example of Carano's growth over the past two years.

Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of the sport of mixed martial arts. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

Sources, Ariel Helwani interview with Gina Carano