Gina Carano has hailed the impact of female MMA fighters, and still feels very closely connected with the sport.

Carano has juggled a career in television and film alongside her MMA aspirations, and was recently linked with a role in 'Fast 6' - the next movie in the 'Fast and Furious' franchise.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Carano, who starred in Steven Soderbergh movie Haywire, said she watched this weekend's well-received Invicta card with pride. She added that she now sees her dual role as similar to an ambassador role for female MMA.

The Texas kickboxer added that she still feels a close bond to female MMA fighters, despite the fact she hasn't taken part in a bout since her Strikeforce loss to Cristiane Santos in August 2009.

"There's no women like this in the world. I know the life and what these women go through everyday. They're an inspiration to me to keep going with what I'm doing right now," she said.

"I'm just so much more fascinated with women's MMA than I'm with men's MMA right now and that says a lot. That's huge. I've been saying it for years that all they needed was a platform and now it's moving in that direction. I feel like part of a movement."

Should Carano land a role in 'Fast 6', she'll star alongside Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, another sports crossover star who found success in Hollywood after initially competing in WWE as The Rock.

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