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Gina Carano Isn’t Getting an Easy Opponent for Her Strikeforce Return in June

(Hopefully Amanda doesn’t make Gina reconsider this whole fighting thing like Cyborg did)

If you think Strikeforce is going to give Gina Carano an easy return bout. think again.

According to Tatame, the former face of the California-based promotion will take on Amanda Nunes when the promotion returns to Texas June 18 for an event anchored by a light heavyweight bout between Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and a yet-to-be-named opponent and the two remaining opening-round heavyweight grand prix bouts between Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett versus Brett Rogers. The news was revealed to the Brazilian MMA news website by Nunes’ manager, who said they are currently in talks with Strikeforce for the bout.

The bout will mark the first fight in close to two years for Carano, who took a break from competition to focus on her burgeoning acting career. She stars as the lead in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire,” which opens April 22.

Nunes (6-1) is a tough fighter known for her knockout power, having finished each of her last six opponents by TKO or KO.

UPDATE: According to Strikeforce talent relations rep, Shannon Knapp, the promotion has another opponent earmarked to face Carano on the card.

“Amanda Nunes is not fighting Gina Carano,” Knapp Tweeted Thursday afternoon.

When asked by current Strikeforce women’s featherweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos why not, Knapp replied, “We have someone else in mind :) .”

Whether or not that means a rematch with Santos is in the cards or another opponent, like SF women’s bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen, who is on tomorrow’s The Bum Rush Radio Show might be the woman they have in mind, we’ll have to wait to see. Maybe the fight with Nunes is a go, but they just don’t want to reveal it yet.

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Kimbos Bread- March 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm
Wait, she's fighting J-LO?
valetudorules- March 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm
gina has tiggo bitties
IsnappedYourarm- March 4, 2011 at 7:35 am
Lets all pretend that the main event for any Gina Carano fight isn't the possibility that she will have to strip during the weigh ins. Lets also pretend she isn't just coming back to promote her movie.
Chromium- March 4, 2011 at 5:23 am
Gina Carano may or may not be coming back for just one match.

She should _not_ be fighting Amanda Nunes. Nunes is the legit #1 contender, and no one else on SF's roster even comes close.

If Carano wins the crowd goes home happy but if she leaves after that, SF has no credible opponent for Cyborg again. Even if Carano sticks around, she got bludgeoned by Cyborg last time, so she really needs at least a couple of solid wins before getting the rematch.

A better option would be to get someone like Hiroko Yamanaka. She's a 5'11" Japanese fighter with a 11-1 record (her only loss she avenged later), and a former dominatrix that isn't too harsh on the eyes either. She's a slightly easier opponent than Nunes but the fight could still very much go either way. If Carano wins, the crowd goes home happy, it pops a big rating, and Carano has beaten an intimidating opponent who is nevertheless largely unknown and not someone SF has a lot of vested interest in. If Hiroko wins, she's a hella marketable fighter and they could use her.
SocraticMethod- March 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm
When was Gina a Strikeforce champion? I thought the Cyborg fight was to crown the company's first female champion?
El Guapo- March 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm
^EXCEPT for Cyborg. When I read about "her" I feel the need to protect my rectum area for some odd reason.
El Guapo- March 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Every time I read about women's MMA I get a sudden craving for sammiches..
irish brawler- March 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm
cyborg looks like a female wanderlei silva
irish brawler- March 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm
dude cyborg is not cute.
Smitty- March 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm
I'd still let Gina shit in my mouth.
Videodrome_NOW- March 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm
^Around here. AWW fuck...
Videodrome_NOW- March 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm
If those heavyweight fights actually happen, count me, I will go to the event. Whose jew balls do I have to kiss around to get some press passes??
skeletor- March 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm
Just give her fights she can win. Woman's MMA is only good for one thing and it's the same
reason I watch woman do anything.
NinjaNerd8- March 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm
Cris cyborg is cute.
Maine Blazer- March 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm
I thought Cyborg and Coenen were the middle and welter weight champs, because it's strikeforce, so fuck it.
Booosted- March 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm
^the guy Cyborg, not the his wife. she doesn't Gas out like him.
Booosted- March 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm
I'll watch Gina Carano over Cyborg anyday :)