This week sees notable woman’s tournament’s taking place via both Bellator’s third season premiere and Strikeforce Challengers 10, but the MMA star who helped pave the way for such event’s, Gina Carano, is still Missing In Action.
Carano was last seen being defeated by Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos in the summer of last year, but since then she has vanished from the sport altogether, and has instead been filming her first ever leading role in a major motion picture, Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’ alongside Hollywood heavyweights like Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas.
According to Randy Couture who helped train and corner her for her last fight we shouldn’t be expecting her to be stepping in to the octagon anytime soon.
“I haven’t seen her in the gym, haven’t talked to her in nine months,” Couture tells The Province. “I’m not sure where she’s at. I know the movie is going to be very big for her and I’d be very surprised to see her back in the cage.”
Meanwhile Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker also appears to be in the dark about the likelihood of one of the promotion’s biggest ever stars returning to the cage, though he never says never when asked about it.
“I know Gina is doing some re-shoots of her movie, and I just got that confirmed,” Coker told The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani earlier this week. “You know, she’s busy doing her thing and sometime in the next two months we’ll probably have a conversation with her, but I think there will be some movement hopefully with her because she’s a great fighter.”
Despite that it should be noted that Coker has been saying much the same thing for months now, and tellingly admitted back in April that he hadn’t actually spoken to Carano in months. It appears that he may well be in the dark as much as the rest of us.
What we do know is that ‘Haywire’ is expected to be coming out in January of next year, and the success of that may play a crucial role in determining the future of MMA’s biggest female star to date.