Gina Carano had a solid game plan going into her fight against Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos Saturday night according to Carano’s coach and trainer, Randy Couture, in an interview with MMAWeekly. The face of women’s MMA planned a stick and move attack, however things didn’t go as planned for Carano.
“The gameplan was to use her combinations and her footwork,” said Couture of his strategy for Carano. “Stick and move and try to make Cyborg keep up with her and find her. Obviously, they ended up in a couple of firefights that she really didn’t need to be in, but it’s hard when somebody hits you, not to stand and try to hit them back. It’s understandable.”
Carano was able to keep pace with Cyborg for much of the opening minutes of the bout, but eventually lost the battle in the first round with just one second remaining after being pummeled by a barrage of strikes. After the bout, Carano fled to her dressing room without addressing the media. Couture stepped in and spoke on her behalf.
“She’s fine, no injuries,” said Couture. “A little scuffed up, but not bad.”
This is Carano’s first MMA setback, and Couture feels the loss will only motivate her further.
“This is a new experience for her, and it’s an important one, and I expect she’s going to come out the other side a stronger and better athlete for what she’s going through right now.”
Couture went on to say that when Carano’s ready, he will be by her side, ready to train. And Couture himself will be back in the cage, as he will take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in less than two weeks at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon. But it was Carano on his mind this past weekend.
“I think she takes a week or so to recover, let the dust settle, and get together and figure out what her next move is,” he said. “Who her next fight’s gonna be, when her next fight’s gonna be, and when she’s gonna get back into the training cycle.”