Carano Can't Wait

Written by Tom Ngo
May 15th, 2009

Gina Carano

Female MMA superstar Gina Carano has a severe case of tunnel-vision, and she isn’t about to let a contract dispute detour her road to Cyborg. 

“The only name I can really focus on right now, which everybody knows, is ‘Cyborg,'” Carano said on a recent edition of Inside MMA. “I really want to make that fight happen. I think there’s a lot of people that are like, ‘No, no. Not yet. Let’s build it (up).’ I just kind of want to, just want to go for it.”

Carano and Strikeforce are stuck at a stalemate with their contract talks, however the face of women’s MMA is optimistic that she’ll be back in the cage sooner rather than later.

“It’s all kind of up in the air, but I can guarantee a deal is going to be getting done here pretty soon,” Carano said. “We’re just going to just try and get the best deal done and then fight.”

Carano was one of the few contracts that Strikeforce was not able to secure from their ProElite deal. Although she was one of EliteXC’s most popular fighters, she only made a total of $25,000 in her last fight with the company, only $15,000 of which was guaranteed.

The other big names that performed on the same EliteXC: Heat card, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Jake Shields, made $500,000 and $50,000, respectively.

A Carano-Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos tussle has been a long time coming. As soon as Strikeforce can close a deal with the MMA hottie, we will be that much closer to seeing one of the biggest fights in MMA history, male or female.

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