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Gina Carano: The MMA Community Will Never Lose Me

With her making appearances all over the place suddenly to promote her upcoming film debut in the Steven Soderbergh directed Haywire, MMA fans’ interests have again been piqued in the former face of women’s MMA, Gina Carano.

Once considered to be among the best female fighters on the planet, Carano hasn’t appeared in action since 2009 when she lost to Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos via first-round TKO. Since then, she’s focused mainly on Haywire, which debuts on January 20, with fighting being placed on the backburner.

Carano was mysteriously removed from a June, 2011 scheduled return to action and has appeared to drift further from the cage since. She recently spoke with FightLinker on that subject, but remained noncommittal on her future in MMA.

“Oh God, I want to make sure you guys know you haven’t ever lost me,” Carano assured. “I’m more of a fan than I ever have been of the sport. I’m more proud to have been part of the sport than I ever have. But I’m not sure (of my future yet) actually. I’m just trying to get through January 20th [the release date for Haywire]. I just want to get back to what MMA gave me. And what it gave me was probably one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Would I do another film? Absolutely. In a heartbeat. I’d do another film over and over and over, because I think I’d be stupid not to.”

If you pay attention in her recent interviews, you’ll hear Carano referring to her fighting career in the past tense, though she does always make sure to say that she hasn’t yet made up her mind.

“I’ve been fighting for the last nine years, and I know that’s something you can’t do for a lifetime—as much as I loved it. But then again I haven’t been able to completely close that door yet, so we are definitely going to have to see.”

The 29-year-old Carano sports a record of 7-1, her last cage appearance coming against Cyborg at at a Strikeforce show on August 15, 2009.