Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced today that Gina Carano’s medical clearance was revoked, and “The Face of Women’s MMA” will not be able to face Sarah D’Alelio at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum on June 18th.
“I’m disappointed not to be fighting June 18,” Carano said in a prepared statement read by Coker during a media conference call today. “I’d like to thank Greg Jackson and Team Jackson for such an amazing camp. I hope this is just a brief setback.”
Coker noted that they did not have any additional details for the reason Carano was not cleared to fight. However, Sports Illustrated reports that Carano was actually cleared by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and the agency was notified of Carano’s withdrawal today. Susan Stanford, the public information officer for the commission, stated that Carano’s application had been approved, which included a physical, blood screen and an ophthalmologic exam.
“Gina Carano had met all of the state of Texas’ requirements and the agency received notice today that she was off the card,” said Stanford.
Carano’s manager, Scott Carp, told MMAJunkie.com via text message that Carano “was bummed out and trained her ass off for this fight,” and that her withdrawal was not a case of cold feet, but rather that her doctor had advised her to withdraw from the bout due to an “unfortunate setback.”
The preliminary lightweight bout between KJ Noons and Jorge Masvidal has been promoted to the main card in its stead.
“It’s an unfortunate situation, and we’ll be moving forward with the KJ Noons-Masvidal fight,” said Coker. “We just don’t have any other further information on Gina.”
Carano hasn’t fought since an August 2009 TKO loss to current Strikeforce middleweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. After focusing on her acting career, she relocated her training from Las Vegas at Xtreme Couture to Albuquerque, New Mexico at Jackson – Winkeljohn MMA.
D’Alelio recently posted her first loss as a pro, snapping a four-fight winning streak she had amassed. “The Monster” dropped a unanimous decision to Julie Kedzie last December at Jackson’s MMA Series 3. It is unknown if a replacement will be found for her.
Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum will take place on June 18 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.