Gina Carano Undecided on Return to MMA

January 9, 2012
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As the release date for the Hollywood action film ‘Haywire’ draws closer and closer, everyone’s eyes are on the star of the film, Gina Carano.

For MMA fans however the biggest question hasn’t been how will she do as an actor in a major motion picture?

The question on fight fans’ minds remains will Gina Carano ever return to mixed martial arts as a fighter?

The last time Carano stepped foot in a MMA cage was in 2009 when she lost in a featherweight title fight to Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos. Since then, Carano has been focusing on projects outside of the MMA world, in particular a starring role in award winning director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film.

Carano stopped by G4’s ‘Attack of the Show’ on Monday to hype up the new film that gets released on Jan 20, and the million dollar question came up of whether or not she will return to fighting or not.

“I don’t know actually,” Carano answered. “I’m somewhere floating around in the world between acting and fighting.”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has said on several occasions that he believes Carano would one day return to fighting. Stephen Espinoza, the new head of Showtime Sports who used to represent Carano as an attorney, has also said he thinks his former client would strap on the gloves and compete again.

Carano however sounds much more unsure than her former boss and attorney.

Right now, ‘Haywire’ is her main focus and she won’t decide if fighting is in her future until it truly feels right.

“I don’t feel like you have to make a decision right now,” said Carano. “So I’m waiting till I definitely know the right answer in my heart.”

If ‘Haywire’ opens to critical and financial success, it would be hard to imagine that Carano won’t have other acting roles offered or afforded to her in the future. Whether the pull of fighting is strong enough to bring her back to MMA remains to be seen.

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  • fitefan

    If the movie is a hit, she won’t come back.
    And it looks like it has a lot of promise. A female Bourne trilogy in the making.

  • She ain’t coming back.

  • Fatty Turnbuckle

    The most important aspect of this is not if/when she returns to the cage but if/when she does Playboy. Seriously, Gina is smoking hot.

  • MikeMc1983

    A sex tape, or at least hustler would be better.
    If your going to do it, you might as well do it right. 😉

    • fitefan

      LOL, skipped right over Penthouse and went straight to Hustler.
      Forget a sex tape then, let’s have her do a different kind of PPV. ‘:-)

    • maddawgmar

      On MMA Junkie radio show about two years ago. Kit Cope. The nobody fighter that Carano was dating back in the day, hinted at a sex tape. He said “neither confirming nor denying.”. Hint hint… But he said he wouldn’t release it. If she makes it big in film… Maybe

  • voltaire64

    Chances are this is just a one shot deal, similar to what Rampage did “The A Team” I’d expect any future movie endeavors from her to end up in the direct to dvd market. Not to say she isn’t pretty but in no way compares to Hollywood’s A and B lister’s. She should take consolation in the fact that she’s not the only one who had stars in their eyes and then scooted back to MMA when those dreams failed. Think Tito Ortiz.

    • fitefan

      er, The movie hasn’t hit theatres yet, so the there is no telling if she is C actress or an A actress. One thing is for sure, she is visually appealing and knows how to move believingly. She’s a much better candidate for any B movie with a scantily clad chick fighting in it than any other ‘real’ actress out there. And we’ll see if she is another Milovich, Beckinsale. If she is, she’ll have movie offers stacked up on her door.

      Fighting is clearly secondary, or she would have said ” I can’t wait to get back in the cage!”

  • b-soc

    She obviously hasn’t seen Dana’s infamous “do you wanna be a fighter” speech from Season 1. If you not absolutely 100% sure about wanting to be in there, you have no business being in there.

  • KingSlaughter

    pshh woman…can’t make up their fucking mind

  • She will come back this year while Cyborg sits out her suspension. Carano can compete with all the women now allowed to fight and the $$$ would be huge.

  • alhmiel

    she could be a movie star making millions why go back to become a sweat stained broad grappling with the likes of sara plain jane kaufman for $30,000?? Duh? Carano has looks and charm why get beat up. Let a leading man hold Carano not some guy like Cyborg or kaufman.

    • Do you realize she is where she is because she fought in MMA?

  • fsunoles09

    actually she made it big as a top ranked kick boxer brotha then switched over to mma but i would love to see a gina carano sex tape haha im nowhere near the marryin type but i would marry that chick today if she was down

  • alhmiel

    no one watches ugly woman fight in MMA. that is why Dana ignores the woman, most are extremely ugly and sad looking. ugly woman do not belong on TV.