Any remaining hope regarding Gina Carano’s return to MMA took a major hit today based on an interview the popular female fighter gave relating to her future plans. While the 29-year old remained coy about specifics, the former 145-pound champion appeared to have her heart set on a career in Hollywood rather than one set inside a cage.
“I want to make sure (fans) know you haven’t ever lost me. I’m more of a fan than I ever have been of the sport. I’m more proud to have been part of the sport than I ever have. But I’m not sure actually,” responded Carano in a conversation with Fightlinker when asked about her next move. “I’m just trying to get through January 20. I just want to get back to what MMA gave me. And what it gave me was probably one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Would I do another film? Absolutely. In a heartbeat. I’d do another film over and over and over, because I think I’d be stupid not to.”
“I’ve been fighting for the last nine years, and I know that’s something you can’t do for a lifetime—as much as I loved it,” she continued on the subject. “But then again I haven’t been able to completely close that door yet, so we are definitely going to have to see.”
The beautiful brawler did, however, leave the door open ever so slightly in terms of another fight down the road, saying she’s not fully opposed to following in fellow fighter Cung Le’s footsteps as far as taking a block of time off for films and then coming back for a random rumble.
If Carano is indeed done she will leave the sport with a 7-1 record. Her only blemish came in what may be her final bout, a TKO loss to Cristiane Santos whose recent positive drug test “felt like a stab in the heart” based on what their match-up meant for women’s MMA.
Carano’s major motion picture debut, Haywire, is set for a nationwide release on the twentieth. The film is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars a number of well-known stars such as Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, and Ewan MacGregor.
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