Actors Henry Cavill and Gina Carano arrives at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Gina Carano was an expert kickboxer on the women's mixed martial arts circuit.
Apparently, Superman has swept her off her feet.
Carano, whose last MMA bout was in August 2009, showed up with boyfriend Henry Cavill on Thursday at the Critic's Choice Movie Awards. E Online reports it was the couple's first public appearance after reportedly dating for four months.
Cavill stars in Man of Steel as the inimitable (but often remade) Superman, alias Clark Kent.
Carano repeatedly has said she is not retired from MMA, keeping the door open for a bout. But she starred last January in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, which did well enough critically and in the box office to open more doors in Hollywood for the former face of women's MMA.
She has a 7-1 career record in MMA, with her last bout being her only loss. That came to Cris "Cyborg" Santos, who tested positive for steroid use about a year and a half later.
We may not see Carano in the ring again, but we haven't seen the last of her.
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