During Tuesday’s “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” media call, company CEO Scott Coker announced Gina Carano’s eagerly anticipated return would be delayed after her medical clearance was revoked. “Conviction” was set to take center stage inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on June 18th.
“I know that she’s really disappointed,” Coker stated. “It’s an unfortunate situation, but we have no further information at this time.”
Thankfully, SI.com was able to get in contact with the public information officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. According to Susan Stanford, Carano’s contestant application, which included a physician’s exam, an ophthalmologic screening and required blood test results, had already been approved.
“Gina Carano had met all of the state of Texas’ requirements and the agency received notice today that she was off the card,” Stanford told Loretta Hunt of SI.com.
Outside of a brief statement read by Coker during today’s call, Carano has been mum regarding her abrupt exit.
“I’m certainly disappointed not to be fighting on June 18th. I’d like to thank Greg Jackson and Team Jackson for such an amazing camp. I hope this is only a brief setback,” Carano wrote.
Since getting her supermodel-esque face roughed up by Strikeforce champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in August 2009, Carano disappeared completely from the mixed martial arts landscape. Carano owned a perfect 7-0 record entering the highly anticipated scrap , but proved to be no match against Cyborg’s ruthless striking and aggression.
The 29-year-old had been pursuing a career in Hollywood during her hiatus.