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Gina Carano targeted for December return to Strikeforce

We haven’t seen Gina Carano in MMA action since August 2009, but that may change this December. Strikeforce officials are hoping that Carano will be cleared to compete by the winter and are preparing for the return of “Conviction” for their December 17 event.

News of Carano potential return was first reported by

Considered by many to be the face of women’s MMA, Carano has spent the last two years on the sidelines, choosing to pursue a career in acting over fighting. She landed a leading role in the Steven Soderbergh film ‘Haywire’ which is scheduled to be released in the United States in early 2012. The last time she stepped foot in the cage, she lost via TKO to Cristiane Santos in the first round. The bout was for the Strikeforce 145 lbs Women’s title and was also the first female fight to headline a major event.

Ready to return to action, Strikeforce and Carano announced that she would be competing at the June 18 event in Houston, Texas against Sarah D’Alelio. Despite passing the commission’s medical tests, Carano was pulled from the event after her personal doctor deemed her unable to compete for unknown reasons. Carano will try again to get back to competition at the end of the year. No opponent has been scheduled.

Along with the return of Carano, the December 17 Strikeforce event will feature the lightweight title fight between champion Gilbert Melendez against challenger Jorge Masvidal.