The long-awaited return of Gina Carano to the ring has become even longer, as Strikeforce head Scott Coker announced earlier today during a conference call with media that the popular female fighter had not received medical clearance from the athletic commission in Texas and has been removed from the card.
However, a report by Sports Illustrated revealed Carano had actually received a thumbs-up from the commission but decided to withdraw.
No specifics on Carano’s condition were given though it was explained the company is seeking a replacement to take on her original opponent, Sarah D’Alelio. Their bout will be replaced on the main card by a clash of lightweight contenders in the form of K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal.
Carano hasn’t fought since suffering her first career loss to Cris “Cyborg” Santos nearly two years ago, then turning to a film career. She holds a 7-1 record in MMA with a trio of TKOs and victories over Rosi Sexton, Tonya Evinger, and Julie Kedzie.
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