MMA superstar Gina “Conviction” Carano announced tonight at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva that she will be returning to the cage in 2011.
“Yes,” answered Carano, when asked if she was coming back.
Carano became the face of women’s MMA during it’s period of emergence, due both to her striking looks and legitimate skill inside the cage.
A member of the crew of savages that trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Carano built a 7-0 record before meeting current Strikeforce featherweight queenpin Cris “Cyborg” Santos in a title fight back in August of 2009. Carano held her own against the Brazilian wrecking machine in the early going, but succumbed to “Cyborg’s” overwhelming attack while still in the first round. That TKO loss marks the last time that the viewing public has seen Carano in the cage. Carano noted that she felt the need to return.
“I felt that I needed to settle the score for myself,” she said. “I need to get back in there for me.”
Since she last fought, Carano has followed in Xtreme Couture founder Randy “The Natural” Couture’s footsteps, having embarked on an acting career which she has parlayed into moderate mainstream success. Her most high-profile project is set to debut this summer; in the Steven Soderbergh directed Haywire, Carano plays the lead character, a female spy, opposite the likes of Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton.
Now that she has her sights set back on the cage, she stated that she hoped to return “soon,” and that she needed to “put some gym time in.”
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.