Since getting her supermodel-esque face roughed up by Strikeforce champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos last August, Gina Carano has completely disappeared from the mixed martial arts landscape.
Carano owned a perfect 7-0 record entering the highly anticipated catfight, however proved to be no match against Cyborg’s ruthless striking and aggression. Although she’s been out of sight since the devastating defeat, she hasn’t been out of Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker’s mind.
“We will be reaching out to her soon,” Coker told MMAJunkie.com over the weekend. “She’s still part of the family.
“We miss you Gina.”
Strikeforce acquired Carano’s rights when EliteXC went belly-up in late 2008. Despite being a heavy underdog against Cyborg, the former Maxim cover girl was given top billing on a Showtime broadcast that featured two male championship bouts.
That evening inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, Renato “Babalu” Sobral’s light heavyweight scrap against Gegard Mousasi and the 155-pound contest between Gilbert Melendez and Mitsuhiro Ishida both took a backseat to Carano’s unmatched star power.
Despite the nine-month layoff, Carano remains one of the company’s most popular athletes. Although Strikeforce has no immediate plans for the 28-year-old, expect for them to start pushing for a return date sooner rather than later.