Carano Officially Returns to Cage with Strikeforce

Written by Tom Ngo
June 6th, 2009

Gina Carano

Following Joe Rigg’s unanimous decision win over Phil Baroni at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields,” Showtime’s mic-man Muaro Renallo announced the return of female sensation Gina Carano. She’ll waste no time getting to the fight we all want to see as she is scheduled to face Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos on August 15th.

Although the terms of her new Strikeforce deal were not released, you can believe that the superstar got hers. Carano’s name, and more notably her supermodel-face, have become synonymous with women’s mixed martial arts, and bringing her on board was imperative for the future of the sport.

Carano was one of the few contracts that Strikeforce was not able to secure from their deal with ProElite. 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.

Great news for MMA fans as this is clearly the most anticipated female fight in the sport’s history. However, with the lack of depth that their male counterparts offer, the big question is what will be left for women’s MMA after this catfight?

Renallo also announced that in a highly anticipated rematch lightweight champ Josh Thomson will defend his strap against the man he stole it from, former champion and training partner Gilbert Melendez.

The Showtime event will take place inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

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