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Gina Carano always has home with Strikeforce, but no return date in sight

Posted by: kej21 on May 17, 2010

Once one of the most-followed mixed-martial-arts fighters of any gender, Gina Carano has all but disappeared from the public eye following her August 2009 Strikeforce title loss to Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and subsequent acting gig. Carano, who appears in famed director Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film release “Knockout,” hasn’t fought professionally since that loss, which was the first of her career. And though she isn’t booked for any upcoming shows, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told ( he hopes to have her back shortly. “We will be reaching out to her soon,” Coker said after Saturday’s latest Showtime-televised event. “She’s still part of the family. “We miss you Gina.” After the collapse of EliteXC, Carano signed with Strikeforce, who put together the fight with Santos, in 2009. The Carano-Santos bout actually had been long teased by EliteXC, and the pieces finally were put in place for the matchup. But the organization’s financial collapse and promotional demise scrapped the long-awaited bout. Strikeforce officials, though, eventually signed both competitors and put the fight in the main event of their August 2009 show. (Just how big was the fight? It earned top billing over title fights of Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Gegard Mousasi and Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida.) Unfortunately for Carano, Santos continued her hot streak and posted her eight consecutive win after earning the TKO victory in the final second of the first round. The loss spoiled Carano’s perfect 7-0 record. Despite the now-near-yearlong layoff, Carano remains a top draw, and the 28-year-old certainly would be a welcome addition to any of Strikeforce’s upcoming CBS-televised cards. But as of now, her return date is unknown. You can view the original article here

MMA Top 10 Women’s Pound-for-Pound

Posted by: kej21 on February 22, 2010

Even though we haven’t seen much action from Gina lately, shes still rounding out the Top 10 Women’s Pound for Pound Rankings: 10. Gina Carano (10): This was a tough one. Most of the feedback I got in my previous rankings came from people who thought Carano had no business in the Top 10 because she’s not really committed to fighting. And I also heard that I had snubbed Rosi Sexton by leaving her off my last list. Maybe. But considering that Carano knocked Sexton out when they fought in 2006 — and considering that Carano’s only loss is to Cyborg — I’m keeping Carano in my Top 10. For now. You can view the rest of the list here Source:

Where in the World is Gina Carano?

Posted by: kej21 on January 24, 2010

Fear not ladies and gentleman (mostly gentleman), Carano hasn’t been taken to another planet, nor is she the victim of some horrific act by a less than balanced fan. Hollywood has taken up the time of many fighters within the sport of mixed martial arts and Carano just happens to be one of them. Ryan Couture, son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, was able to shed some insight yesterday via email when he wrote, “I saw Gina briefly over the holidays and it sounds like she’s been working long days in preparation for her upcoming film role.” Hollywood seems to wear out even the most conditioned of athletes. The time spent preparing for a fight is grueling, to say the least, but let’s not take anything away from the hours spent working in front of the camera. “It won’t be until shooting wraps on that project that she’ll be able to shift her focus back to fighting,” Couture continued. “At the time that I spoke to her she didn’t have a timeframe [for a return] in mind, but did mention that she missed training and was eager to get back to it.” To read more:

Carano likely out until summer

Posted by: kej21 on December 15, 2009

The face of women’s MMA may not be back until summer 2010, according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. Gina Carano, 27, is currently shooting a starring role in the Stephen Soderbergh-helmed film “Knockout.” She reportedly plays a fighter who’s hired by the government to become a spy. When asked for an update on when Carano would return to the Strikeforce cage, Coker said, “that’s a good question.” “Her agent and I have been in dialogue,” he added. “We had talked about having her fight again, but not fighting on Dec. 19. She’s going to acting classes, I heard, and doing a lot of weapons training, doing what they do.” The Strikeforce executive has followed this route before. The promotion’s other crossover star, Cung Le, relinquished his middleweight title in September when a blossoming movie career overtook his fighting responsibilities. Le will return to the cage on Dec. 19 after a 21-month absence. Coker said he wanted to meet with Carano before making any decisions on how to manage the situation. “I’d like to sit down with her face-to-face probably in the next 30 days or so, and sit down and see where her head’s at,” he said. “By all means, we would love to have her back, and we would love to have her fight again. I think in her heart she’s still a fighter.” Amid much fanfare, Carano lost her Strikeforce debut in August, falling prey to Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in a bout for the newly created 145-pound divisional women’s title. She went into virtual seclusion afterwards, offering but one comment on the loss. “I know I am a better fighter than the way I performed that night and was heartbroken to not give more to those who have been inspired,” she wrote in a prepared statement. “However, I find some relief in knowing that this has never been only about me, and now more than ever I feel freedom to learn and grow at my own pace.” (click for more) Regulars at Xtreme Couture, where she logged most of her training hours, say she’s been MIA since the fight. One of Carano’s chief trainers, Chris Ben-Tchavtchavadze, said Monday that she had been living in San Diego with family and hadn’t spoken of a return. He said the spotlight of her last fight overwhelmed her and she needed to get her mind in the right place for a return. … Continue reading

Gina has interest in Strikeforces Ratings

Posted by: kej21 on November 5, 2009

Since her loss in August, Gina Carano has been virtually silent. She is expected to return to Strikeforce in the summer, after she finishes filming Steven Soderbergh’s new movie. Though many have dismissed her following her disappointing performance, she is still a ratings powerhouse and a critical component of Strikeforce. It’s almost become expected that every time she fights she will set some kind of ratings record. All eyes are on the numbers Strikeforce pulls this weekend. I don’t expect them to do blow away numbers, nor do I expect them to bomb. I expect them to come in somewhere in the middle; perhaps something like a 2.3 household rating. That’s the kind of number that could earn them another show, but won’t have CBS executives jumping up and down for joy. If I’m correct, CBS and Strikeforce will be begging Carano to return on CBS in the summer. Despite a large increase in salary, Carano is still underpaid. She’s the only media lightning rod in Strikeforce, and she delivers where it counts. Strikeforce is paying Fedor significantly more than Gina, but it remains a question whether or not he is actually a bigger draw. If Fedor bombs this weekend, Carano will find herself in an even stronger negotiating position. Source: Bloodyelbow