The last time MMA fans saw Gina Carano on their TV screens in a fight was in August 2009, and it’s likely the next time they’ll see her in action will be in the 2011 release directed by Steven Soderbergh titled “Haywire.”
Where no one is sure they’ll see her is back in MMA action, but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker remains confident Carano will return to fighting one day soon.
Coker, in 2010, said he believed Carano would come back sooner or later, but now with some more work to be done on the film she’s shooting, the timeline may be delayed.
“We’re basically talking to her agent. The agent informed me that there were some re-shoots in her film, she’s got a big premiere coming up, but the door’s always open. When she’s ready to come back, that’s when we want her to come back,” Coker said.
Carano’s exit from the sport in 2009 came by way of a TKO loss to current Strikeforce middleweight women’s champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos. After the fight, Carano opted to explore some opportunities with her budding acting career and soon landed the spot in Soderbergh’s film.
The movie stars Carano opposite award winning actors Michael Douglas and Ewan McGregor, as well as Bill Paxton and Michael Fassbender, and is being led by the Academy Award winning director.
While there have been no direct discussions between Carano and Strikeforce, the company’s head man believes it’s just in her spirit to return to fighting one day.
“I believe in her heart just like these other athletes that go into the movies, even though they have success in the film industry such as Quinton Jackson or Cung Le, like he’s doing right now, and Gina, I saw parts of her movie and it was fantastic, but equal time, you’re still a fighter at heart. I know they want to compete,” Coker said.
Cung Le has also shot several movies and has gotten involved with fight sequencing in the film industry.
Carano’s return would be a huge pick-up for Strikeforce, but right now it’s unclear whether the cage or Hollywood will win her affection.