Gina Carano

Quote of the Day: Gina Carano would love to be a part of women’s MMA these days

Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/

"I love what's happening now. I love that Ronda came along and revamped the sport, and she brought it back. It broke my heart when it fell apart a few years ago. It was kind of hard when I was fighting, because people were saying, 'Who are you going to fight now? What are you going to do now?' I would love to be a part of it now. When I watch UFC, it's still my dream to fight. I'm so happy that it's happening for the women. I feel like I was a part of the beginning of it."

— Gina Carano, the former face of female MMA, tells ESPN her thoughts on the current state of her side of the sport and leaves the door open for a potential return.

Gina Carano Comments on Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey

Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/

With Gina Carano and Cris "Cyborg" Santos now absent from the world of women's MMA, a March 3 matchup between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey will now serve as a platform for one of them to become the new face of the female side of the sport.

Still away from the game due to acting commitments, Carano gave her take on the Tate-Rousey matchup and discusses her excitement about a bout that should be an exciting one.

“I completely thought that Marloes Coenen was going to win in that last fight against Miesha, so I was really impressed with Miesha. I think Miesha Tate works really hard and I think a lot of people thought Marloes was going to win that fight, so I think she gained a lot of respect from a lot of people. I don’t think we can underestimate her anymore. She’s a legit opponent.”


“I think it’s really cool that Ronda’s an Olympic athlete. She’s been a part of a lot of competitions, she’s got the drive, and obviously she’s got the skill,” Carano stated. “Not one of her fights has gone out of the first round, so I think it’s going to be really interesting to see. Both of those women are hard workers and have stronger personalities. I hope that it does well. I’m super excited about it.”

Carano also states in the article that she has been hesitant to attend some women's fights live in fear of taking the spotlight of off the fighters because the cameras could focus on her in the crowd. Here's to hoping that she does decide to be in Columbus, Ohio next month for what will be a passing of the torch so to speak.

Picture of the Day: Gina Carano in GQ

Gina Carano. Photo courtesy of GQ Magazine.

I know they've been out for a couple of weeks, but still. Doesn't matter. More, full pics here. Enjoy.

The Daily Recap: Koscheck Aiming for November Return, Carano Targeted for December & More

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The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Former UFC welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck has revealed that his first fight since falling to Georges St. Pierre last December will take place at UFC 139 at the HP Pavilion in his adopted hometown of San Jose, CA on November 19. The "Ultimate Fighter" product also stated that his return bout would likely take place at middleweight and that the idenity of his opponent should become available soon. []

— Strikeforce women's star Gina Carano will reportedly attempt to return to action once again at a yet-to-be-announced Strikeforce show on December 17. Carano was slated to take on Sarah D'Alelio at Strikeforce's "Overeem vs. Werdum" event in June, but failed to receive medical clearance to compete. A reason for her removal remains unknown. [Wrestling Observer]

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Gina Carano Announces Strikeforce Return

Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Gina Carano is back.

The 28-year-old, often coined as the "face of women's MMA" and one of Strikeforce's biggest draws, announced her intention to return to the promotion this year during Showtime's broadcast of "Fedor vs. Silva" on Saturday.

"I think I just need to settle the score for myself," Carano said of returning to competiton. "I need to get back in there for me. I want to walk away from it knowing that I left it all in there.. that I left it all in the cage."

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The Daily Recap: Sengoku Postpones April Event, Carano Returns to Training & More

Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— World Victory Road, parent company of Sengoku Raiden Championships, announced that they have postponed a planned April show due to a negative article printed in the March issue of Gong Kakutougi discussing how fighters sign bout agreements the day before or of a show, long a Japanese way of doing things in MMA. SRC officials worry that they will lose key sponsor Don Quijote and have requested an apology from the author. []

— Gina Carano, once the sport's most popular female fighter, has returned to training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Carano has not competed since falling to Strikeforce 145 lb women's champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos in August 2009 due to acting commitments. [Xtreme Couture]

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Report: Carano to Star in Steven Soderbergh-Directed “Knockout”

Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

Female MMA star Gina Carano has reportedly been tapped for the lead role in a film titled “Knockout”, a Steven Soderbergh-directed movie that will likely begin production this coming January.

The news comes from, which states that the film will center around Carano, who will play a “girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes.” Carano also has a part in Sony Pictures’ “Blood and Bone”, which will be released on DVD next week.

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Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Salaries

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries following Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg which took place on Saturday, August 15 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos ($25,000) def. Gina Carano ($125,000)
Gegard Mousasi ($2,000) def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral ($75,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Mitsuhiro Ishida ($30,000)
Fabricio Werdum ($50,000) def. Mike Kyle ($14,000)
Jay Hieron ($55,000) def. Jesse Taylor ($12,000)
Scott Lighty ($4,000) def. Mike Cook ($2,500)
Justin Wilcox ($5,000) def. David Douglas ($5,500)
James Terry ($6,000) def. Zak Bucia ($2,000)
Alex Trevino ($3,500) def. Isaiah Hill ($2,000)

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

Cyborg Stops Carano, Captures Women’s 145-Pound Title

Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano battling for the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound title. Photo property of Esther Lin.

In the biggest bout in female mixed martial arts history, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos stopped Gina Carano via TKO to become the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound champion.

From the opening bell, the fight had a feverish pace as Cyborg immediately came forward and put the pressure on Carano with a flurry of hard strikes against the cage. As Cyborg attempted an early takedown, fans saw Carano sweep Cyborg and gain the mount. Before Carano could put up any offense, Cyborg went for a quick heel hook but Carano calmly escaped.

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Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Weigh-In Results

The fighters are currently hitting the scales in preparation for Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg. Be sure to check back often as we provide you with up to the minute weigh-in results.

Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg will be headlined by a 145 lbs female title fight between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos. Also featured on the card will be an interim lightweight title bout between Gilbert Melendez and Mitsuhiro Ishida and a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Kyle.

Main Card:

Gina Carano (143 lbs) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5 lbs)
Jay Hieron (169 lbs) vs. Jesse Taylor (172 lbs) *
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201 lbs) vs. Gegard Mousasi (204 lbs)
Gilbert Melendez (155 lbs) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (155 lbs)
Mike Kyle (219 lbs) vs. Fabricio Werdum (228 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Mike Cook (205 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (202 lbs)
David Douglas (156 lbs) vs. Justin Wilcox (154 lbs)
Zak Bucia (170 lbs) vs. James Terry (169 lbs)
Isaiah Hill (156 lbs) vs. Alex Trevino (156 lbs)

* Taylor weighed in at 172 lbs and has two hours to weigh-in at the 171 lbs limit.

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