Three years off the scene and Gina Carano is still very much the darling of women’s MMA. Though new faces have replaced her own in the cage, Carano is one of the sport’s most beloved figures, evident in the fact that she’s constantly questioned of when she’ll return to MMA competition.
Having been making the rounds frequently to promote her starring role in the Steven Soderbergh directed Haywire (which was released this month to poor numbers, but solid reviews), Carano has been forced to answer that particular query over and over, serving up a variety of the same response as many times as she’s pitched the question.
So, will she? Simply put: Carano doesn’t know right now. Or, as she recently put it to DenofGeek:
Umm, you know, I’m starting at the beginning with films, there’s a lot I can learn and there’s a longer career that can be had there. There’s a physicality that’s unique and new that I can bring to films, so I hope I can get the opportunity to do that again. But I haven’t necessarily retired from fighting either. I’m gonna do whatever I have to do to support myself and to keep going. My future’s a little fuzzy. I don’t know what’s supposed to happen next.
Carano last appeared in the cage in 2009, losing via first round TKO against Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in a battle for the vacant Strikeforce women’s featherweight belt.