Gina Carano's Best Tweets of January 2012: A Fan's View

After tweeting just three times in the entire month of December, former Strikeforce contender Gina Carano has been far more active on Twitter since the calendar turned to 2012.

Here's a guide to Gina Carano's top five tweets of January:

On Conan O'Brien Interview

Gina Carano's recent appearance on 'Conan' made headlines worldwide, as she compared cagefighting 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." On Jan. 20, she tweeted "Conan ;-)" and the link to a photo of her on the show. Fans can follow Carano's official Twitter handle @ginacarano.

First Five Minutes of Haywire

Carano made her big-screen debut in "Haywire," an action-thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. On Jan. 11, she tweeted the link for fans to watch the first five minutes of the film for free. She posted "Check out the first 5 minutes of the movie @HaywireFilm with @ChanningTatum. #GoHaywire"

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the film earned just $9 million at the box office in its opening weekend, but the flick was "Certified Fresh" on, with a 81% approval rating by critics.

Hanging Out with Mario Lopez

Carano may have "gone Hollywood," but she hasn't completely forgotten about the sport of mixed martial arts. On Jan. 10, she tweeted a photo of her performing a standing rear-naked choke on former Saved By The Bell star Mario Lopez. She wrote "#TeamGina: Gina showing @MarioLopezExtra some moves while out promoting her new film #Haywire"

Interview with Ariel Helwani

Ariel Helwani is one of the most respected MMA journalists in the industry, so it's no surprise that Carano retweeted his video interview with her, where she discusses everything from her future in MMA to her big-screen debut. The tweet says "VIDEO: 1-on-1 w/ @ginacarano on her MMA hiatus and future, "Haywire," Ronda Rousey, and much more (2+ years!) --" and she also included the link to the story.

At the 10-minute mark of the video, Carano says that she's still holding onto the dream that she'll someday fight in the UFC. "I don't understand why they don't just put on a superfight between two females that people really want to see fight," Carano says. "And there's so many great females out there now, so yeah, it's still a dream."

Training for "Haywire"

On Jan. 2, Carano tweeted the link to a recent Los Angeles Times article which details her experiences training with a former special-ops fighter for her role in "Haywire." Aaron Cohen, an ex-Israeli special-ops fighter, served as her tactical training coach for the film, teaching Carano everything from proper stance to firing a 9-millimeter pistol at close-range. The tweet says "…"

Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of the sport of mixed martial arts. His favorite fighters are Miesha Tate and Dan Henderson. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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