Gina “Conviction” Carano is the female fighter who many believe opened the door for women’s MMA to be accepted in the mainstream due to her charisma, good looks and in-cage talent. Carano trained under MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture at his Xtreme Couture training facility in Las Vegas, Nevada and went 7-0 under his tutelage before succumbing to defeat against women’s MMA powerhouse Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in August of 2009. Carano has not appeared in action since, opting instead to focus on her budding acting career, and Couture believes that it is unlikely that fans will see Carano back in action again.
“Gina just did a movie that’s going to be coming out soon,” Couture said at a Q&A session with fans before last weekend’s UFC 117 event. “I haven’t seen her in the gym, haven’t talked to her in nine months. I’m not sure where she’s at. I know the movie is going to be very big for her and I’d be very surprised to see her back in the cage.”
Carano is scheduled to appear in director Steven Soderbergh’s (Che, Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13, Traffic, Erin Brockovich) upcoming Haywire alongside Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton and Michael Fassbender. The movie follows Carano’s character, a black ops soldier named Mallory Kane, who is double crossed on a mission and begins seeking revenge.
Carano last appeared in the cage at Strikeforce: Carano Vs. Cyborg in August of 2009.