Since falling to defeat for the first time in her pro career against Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in August of 2009, Gina Carano has been out of MMA-related action filming movies to add to her growing resume.
The woman once described as the face of women’s MMA has been conspicuously absent since that first round TKO defeat to Cyborg. After wrapping up shooting on her biggest project yet, the Steven Soderbergh-helmed Haywire, it was announced that Conviction would be returning to the cage against Sarah D’Alelio. The two were scheduled to face off this past Spring at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum, but Carano was mysteriously removed from the bout at the eleventh hour.
Speaking with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed that he hasn’t given up hope on Carano’s return and actually thinks she could appear in action before year’s end.
“No, but I’m hoping before the end of the year,” Coker replied when asked if there were any developments on Carano’s situation or news on when she’d be returning.
When pressed for details about the popular fighter’s condition and the reason for her removal from that card, Coker stayed mum, revealing only that Carano is currently feeling well.
“You know what? We don’t have all the details still honestly and I would say that a lot of that’s private information because, you know, it’s a health issue,” he said. “But, she’s feeling much better and I’ve been hearing from her management that she may even go into training camp in the next ten days or so.”