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Scott Coker Thinks Gina Carano Will Be Back Fighting for Strikeforce This Year

("I’m not sure what this has to do with the movie, Mr. Spielberg, but if you say Kate Capshaw auditioned topless, I’m cool with it, too.")

Well, it looks like Scott Coker is still under the impression that the former face of his promotion, Gina Carano will be back competing for Strikeforce this year. 

While on’s The MMA Hour Monday, Coker said that he’s confident that the former Strikeforce female 145-pound standout who hasn’t fought since losing her strap to Cris "Cyborg" Santos 17 months ago in August of 2009 will make her much-anticipated return before the end of 2011 — a lofty claim he made last year as well, that didn’t materialize.

"I believe she’ll be back in the cage this year. From what I know of her, she is a competitor at heart; she’s going to want to fight," Coker told Ariel Helwani. "She’s not going to want to end her career the way it ended. So, I think she’ll be back."

Carano has been busy since the loss to Cyborg — so much so that her former coach Randy Couture hasn’t spoken to her since and said that he doubts that she will fight again, considering the beating Santos handed her and the financial perks and fame that she could potentially find in Hollywood.

She spent a few months last summer filming Haywire, a female lead version of the Bourne Identity. Carano plays a CIA agent in the movie who has been set up by the agency and forced to become a rogue agent while she proves her innocence. The film, which is set for release April 22, is directed by Steven Soderbergh and co-stars Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor and Channing Tatum.

It was reported that during filming, Steven Spielberg whisked away the former Xtreme Couture fighter to read for a taylor made part the acclaimed director created for her in his sci-fi flick Super 8 after seeing the dailies for Haywire, so it seems unlikely that Gina would walk away from Hollywood in favor of Strikeforce when her popularity is growing.

Still, Coker, who is perhaps looking at the situation as naively as he is his dead in the water deal with CBS, hasn’t spoken with Carano about returning to the cage is optimistic that she’ll be back soon.

"This girl’s a real fighter. She’s not this actress that became a fighter. She’s a real fighter that became an actress," he explained. "So that fight is inside her."

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myklhoey- January 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm
ya shes a fighta,
did she become famos on gladators, sure, but she also had 14 pro kik boxin wins and a title in the land were it was perfected, the only american woman to do so,
ya she is a fighta,
did she get yoked by cyborg, of course, but this is fighin, randy said he thinks she didnt giv cyborg enuf respect and wasnt aggresive enuf, i think if she fot her agin, shed do betta
Chuck_W- January 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm
After this statement "Coker" has an all new meaning...He must be snorting some high potency shit if he thing Gina is coming back. She probably hasn't looked at an SF event since that beatdown she took. I feel bad for Cyborg cause she has no one to fight..every chick in the world is dropping to 135 lbs. to avoid her. If Gina wants to be taken serious in movies she better show way more skin on screen than she did in and around the cage...she got more chicks to compete with than the 2 or 3 good looking SF ring card girls.
MediocreThreat- January 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm
I'd like to see Carano fight Cyborg. Talk about hottie-bo-bodies. Vomit.
RaginAsian- January 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm
New CP Ban: Reporting on Scott Coker saying shit with absolutely no foundation whatsoever.

He makes it sound like they had Sunday brunches when he was just signing the paychecks.
skeletor- January 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Eh... She's the only woman I ever enjoyed watching fight and it wasn't because she was in action packed competitive fights. At least this way we will get a couple hours of screen instead of fifteen minutes, and somebody will eventually talk (pay) her to get naked for the sake of "art:.

Also @ HoseHound and FBF. You are both right those are some nice tits on that hosehound.
Ballkick- January 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm
If Coker could be right about only one thing this year, I would hope it would be Gina's return to the cage.
Seeing a woman with skills, heart and looks smash another womans face in while scantily dressed just does something for me. Mmmmmm,.....Gina! to train some hand to gland combat.....ttyl.
twoleftfeet- January 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Ha she cuts weight for photos, not for fights.
Maine Blazer- January 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Psht, fuck 'the fight being inside her.' I want to be inside her.
donfryesmustache- January 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm
the mustache likes
Koeikan- January 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm
Why would you even bother speculating unless you've recently been in touch with her??
fatbellyfrank- January 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm
movie career, or get the liven piss beaten out of her by Cyborg, is it really such a tough decision?
and yeah El Guapo, those are some sweet hosebags on that funhound!
El Guapo- January 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm
That's what Coker gets for thinking..

And would ya look at the hosehounds on that funbag!
imabigfan- January 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm
a real fighter...not someone who got known on American Gladiators but a real fighter.

I wonder if there are unicorns where Scott Coker is from.