Gina Carano Skips UFC, Joins St-Pierre and Van Damme in ‘Kickboxer’ Remake

December 10, 2014
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While talks between the UFC and Gina Carano appear to have stalled out, the former Strikeforce champion’s acting career has not.

Earlier this year, UFC president Dana White had been optimistic that it was only a matter of time before the MMA juggernaut was able to put pen to paper with Carano and bring her in to fight current bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Negotiations have since gone sideways.

Ronda Rousey vs Gina Carano - Smiles“(Carano) is the hardest human being we’ve ever dealt with,” White said in late September. “The problem is she allows herself to be handled by these Hollywood (expletive) idiots. In dealing with her people, I don’t know if it can be done.”

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Thus far, it hasn’t been done. And if news about her acting career is any indication, it doesn’t appear the MMA is anywhere in the near future for Carano.

Radar Films on Monday announced that Carano was the latest actor to join the cast of the company’s “Kickboxer” remake that also includes action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, WWE Superstar Dave Bautista, and former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre.

Carano is said to be taking up the role as the “Kickboxer fight promoter in a gender-bender twist from the original.”

“It will be fun to watch Gina as the sneaky and dangerous temptress, a boa constrictor of this fighting jungle,” said the film’s producer, Tim Field.

“Kickboxer” went into production last week, shooting on location in New Orleans and Thailand.

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  • TKDGuy

    so now we can stop talking about Gina fighting in the UFC all together, right? Please?

    • TDKGUY’s dad

      That’s like telling MMAweekly to go out of business. 20% of the so-called “news” is about Brock Lesnar, Fedor, Gina, and other people that will never compete in MMA again.

      They are just trolling.

    • MeatCrusher

      have you seen all 180 pounds of her in Dead Pool? yeah, she will never fight again. cannot.

  • TheCerealKiller

    “the former Strikeforce champion”

    Ken Pishna, stop calling her that. She never held any Strikeforce title, except “The face of women’s MMA”, but I’m sure they didn’t hand out a belt for that. If I’m wrong, then prove it!

    • Seth

      You are wrong! How dare you to accuse professional MMA website of spreading inaccurate information! Have you ever seen a pro journalist saying something that wasn’t 100% true!?

      And now, with being serious – its silly how they write some of that stuff…at this point, you would think they at least double-check some of it…but nope, they still let those guy write whatever they want… :/

      • TheCerealKiller

        I’m starting to think he keeps writing that just to troll me.

        • Kenny Pissyhahahana

          Ken Pishna is not the sharpest tool in the box. By now you should know this.

          His writing has improved a bit. It used to be really awkward and at times grammatically atrocious.

          The thing is, none of these staff writers at MMAweekly can get jobs at real places. Sports Illustrated, ESPN..etc.

  • Mike Pardue

    Carano will make more money and win more fights doing movies. She’s pretty smart.

  • Ballsdeep

    This movie was bad as I hope the remake is just as good.

    • Spike

      Jcvd as xian chow should give you an indication of how bad the remake will be

  • dgs

    I hate it when I go to post a comment here and someone else says pretty much everything I was going to, (especially the part about douchebag Dana White!) verbatim. Very well said sir!

  • Kenny’s mom

    Gina was never a strikeforce champion you dumb pishna.


    Hopefully Gina is the hot chick and not a fighter

    • MeatCrusher

      Not hot anymore. 180 pounds.

    • Holly Who?

      She is the hot chick. Just like Ronda!!! There is some clueless clowns who base attractiveness on a weight number. Sad for them to be so vain

  • UfcUltimateFloorCuddling

    “(Carano) is the hardest human being we’ve ever dealt with,” White said
    in late September. “The problem is she allows herself to be handled by
    these Hollywood (expletive) idiots. In dealing with her people, I don’t
    know if it can be done.”

    I lol at this. Let see mr white. She surround herself with,maybe people that actually care for her and make thousands, hundreds thousand or millions. Dana hates not being able to control her! That the real fact behind this.

    Gina is smart.. fight in real life risk injury and GET PAID LESS. Make movies, injury free and get paid alot for doing it.


      Work her ass off for “peanuts,” while people punch, elbow, kick and knee her in training, starve yourself, plenty of media answering the same questions in diff cities/countries. Or do movies making way more $$$ a lot less stress, working out no one wanting to hurt you. Yeah I wonder why she chose to do movies instead?!?
      I thought the Diaz brothers, Tito Ortiz and Fedor were the worst to deal with?!? Like you said, just b/c the UFC/Dana can’t control/own Gina they all get butt hurt. That’s what happens Dana when fighters don’t need the UFC or the “peanuts” you offer them to risk their safety/health, while they can be pampered and travel the world while making ALOT more $$$ thna what the UFC offer!

  • Rob

    I’m sorry but the fight money would be much bigger than her acting salary. She’s just past her prime and doesn’t feel like training for a year to possibly lose her warm up fight. She is smart just by taking the money while she can doing movies. She does not do good movies though. I’m sorry the ones that were not straight to DVD were seriously 2 star movies and just gimmick type movies. Haywire could have been good but it wasn’t very thought out.


      ROB: BAHAHAHAHAHA you sir are an IDIOT!!! The UFC salary would be more money than her acting Salary?!? WOW you really don’t know much about MMA/UFC. Nate Diaz and most fighters who aren’t champs complain about terrible contracts/money they make, but you think a female fighter who hasn’t fought in 4 or 5 years would make more money than an actor?!? Doesn’t matter if her movies aren’t good or whatever, she gets paid before the movie comes out genius. She would get more money if it’s a huge hit, but she still makes plenty before the movie even hits theaters.
      Why do you think Ramage, GSP, Gina, even Rhonda & the Rock decided to go the hollywood route, rather than stick to jsut fighting or WWE?!? To make less money doing movies?!? Dummy! Pretty sure Gina was in Fast and the Furious, but that movie also bombed right?!?

      • MeatCrusher

        and you have NO clue how much she is paid to say three lines in a movie. amazing that everyone thinks ALL actors are paid in the millions. not true. fail.

      • Holly Who?

        Well said. Ronda and Gina are making smart decisions that wont affect their health and are looking at the long term. That’s smart…….

  • Hansa

    It is sad, cuz I really like Gina. I hoped to see her beat Rhonda…don’t know why but I just dislike Rhonda, she is very very good fighter but she just tend to be pretentious and fake.

  • burgerman7

    she be so very hot compared to Rhonda haha

  • MeatCrusher

    She better drop 50 pounds because she was HUGE in Dead Pool. She is NOT hot anymore.

  • MeatCrusher

    because she is a C list actor at best.

  • Holly Who?

    Go Gina go!!!!!! Always beautiful 🙂