After Gina Carano was crushed by Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos for the vacant Strikeforce women’s middleweight title back in August of 2009, the face of female mixed martial arts took an extended hiatus from the sport in order to do some soul searching. When she resurfaced at Xtreme Couture in Nevada a couple of months ago, it appeared to be business as usual for the slugger.
However, her abrupt jump to Greg Jackson’s star-studded academy down in Albuquerque, New Mexico caught many off guard. While fanboys continue to debate Carano’s move, her exit wasn’t without the consent of the Godfather.
“I’m all for it,” Randy Couture told MMAJunkie. “I want all the fighters at my gym to go wherever they need to go to get what they need to progress and become the best fighters they can be.
“They can’t always get that at Xtreme Couture.”
Carano is not the first athlete to mix up her camp, but peeps tend to take more notice when the planet’s most popular female fighter relocates.
“I think they have more females training down there, and I think she wanted to get her camp jumpstarted,” Couture added.
After getting mauled by Cyborg, it’s understandable why Carano wants a fresh start. However, don’t think that’s the last the famed Las Vegas gym has seen of Ms. Conviction.
“She’s assured me that she’s still a part of Xtreme Couture, and I wasn’t worried about it anyway,” Couture matter-of-factly stated. “She’s great for the sport. She’s a great person, and I think she’s going to be fantastic this summer.”
Carano is slated to return at “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” on July 18th. Sarah D’Alelio has emerged as the front-runner to welcome her back to action.