During the interview, Carano indicated that she was never made aware of a supposed fight that was supposed to have taken place in February during EliteXC’s “Street Certified.”
In the weeks leading up to the show, Carano’s name was initially attached to the card during EliteXC’s press announcements. However, Carano believes that a mis-communication of some sort took place because she was never contacted in regards to a February fight.
Helwani asked her whether EliteXC pressured her into fighting on May 31 in Newark N.J., the date of the promotion’s first telecast on CBS.
“I made the decision myself and (fighting on CBS) is huge so (nervous laughing) we’re just going to try this out,” Carano responded. “I’m just going to put my trust in God and know that, like, I can train and I can do “American Gladiators” and I’ve got a pretty good head on my shoulders right now. It’s probably the best it’s ever been. My minds pretty clear and I feel pretty confident.”
Carano’s opponent for the 5/31 show is expected to be Kaitlin Young. Carano revealed that she’s currently filming the second season of “Gladiators” and indicated to Helwani that she will be tied up filming up until two weeks prior to the fight vs. Young.
Helwani quickly followed up by asking Carano whether she is concerned about suffering the same fate as Lennox Lewis and Chuck Liddell, two guys who lost fights while trying to juggle a fighting career with a career in show business.
Carano sounded the least bit worried.
“I’m just going to try it out and I think that I can do it,” Carano responded to Helwani. “I just feel like I’ve put my fighting off long enough and I don’t want to keep doing that because that’s where my heart is and that’s where my passion is. And I wanna, you know, be right to the fans of the sport and continue on fighting so I had to decide: I could be super busy for, you know, two months and try to double-team it or I could, you know, wait longer to fight and I just didn’t want to stay out of the ring longer than that.”
If Carano isn’t concerned, I think she should be. Fighters that juggle two careers usually do alright when it comes to their Hollywood commitments. However, when it comes time to fight, they just aren’t operating at full capacity.
In addition to Liddell and Lewis, Cung Le is another example of a fighter that tried to film and then fight. Le posted an impressive victory of Frank Shamrock in March, but in November, he struggled to put away Sammy Morgan because he did not train as hard as he should for the fight.
Maybe Carano could cut corners in training and win against a so-so fighter but against a fighter the caliber of Young? I just don’t see it happening.
You can listen Helwani’s interview with Carano in its entirety by clicking here.