Gina Carano Is ‘Very Open’ To Return To MMA
Gina Carano has been extremely busy with her acting career after retiring from MMA. This includes Carano landing roles in several films, including Fast & Furious 6 and her latest movie, The Blood, opening April 4, 2014. Despite her building Hollywood success, Carano now says she’s “very open” to a MMA return.
According to Yahoo Sports, rumors circulated about Gina Carano having a possible return to the cage. It started when Joe Rogan broadly stated that there would be big news coming for the women’s division in UFC. Also adding that Holly Holm’s agent, Lenny Fresquez, officially stated he wanted Holly to fight either “Cyborg” Justino or Gina Carano, the rumors became more prominent.
UFC president, Dana White, expressed his enthusiasm having Gina Carano fight in the UFC, if Carano decides to return from retirement. Even Ronda Rousey is interested in fighting against Carano going as far as adding weight to “make weight” just for Carano, as reported previously on The Inquisitr. Still, it should be noted Carano never retired. She expressed her chances of making a comeback, during an interview with Damon Martin, when she said:
“I’ve never retired. I’ve never officially said that.”
“For some reason a part of me has always kept it open. I don’t know, there’s a certain part of me that thinks if circumstances were right, and I could keep doing what I’m trying to make my future into, that’s an ideal world. If circumstances were right, you never know. I’m very open to it.”
Gina Carano’s last fight in Strikeforce was back in 2009. Her reason for absence: acting. From what she says, Carano left the MMA to follow acting and she needed to dedicate 100% of her time and energy if she wants to make a career out of it. Carano’s dedication eventually paid off as she landed a role in the movie Haywire, where she starred opposite other famous names in Hollywood including Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton, and even Channing Tatum, as reported by Fox News.
As shown from the fight trailer above, Gina Carano didn’t “cold turkey” on fighting. Though it is staged, the fight scenes still require a bit of fitness and timing. However, staging a fight for a movie is nothing like a real fight. Carano has five years of ring rust to shake off if she decides to come back in MMA. Within half a decade, Carano’s fighting senses and reflexes have most likely dulled, in which the Muay Thai fighter admitted. Carano would then explain that if she were to do a comeback, she would need to dedicate 100% to it, like she did prior with her acting career. Carano then stated:
“I would definitely take something like that extremely seriously.”
“I would dedicate myself to it, and need the time because you’re taking somebody who hasn’t fought in a while, that hasn’t been in the fight camp-type environment; and it would have to be done in a time where there would be enough time for me to get ready for that and be able to support myself during that time because that’s all I’d be doing is taking that seriously, and it would take me away from other projects or potential projects that I’ve been working this far in my life to get to.”
At this time, Gina Carano has not made a concret decision on a return. If she did, would Carano be successful in the cage again or would it be a failure?
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