Gina Carano: Terry Goodlad | Sherdog.com
With a starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s soon-to-be-released
Carano seems to be doing just fine in her life outside of
However, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker thinks Carano will return to
the cage in 2011.
“I believe so,” Coker said Friday during a “Savage
Dog Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network.
Carano fought last on Aug. 15, 2009, in a widely anticipated
matchup against Cristiane
“Cyborg” Santos. With one second left in the opening round,
Santos stopped Carano to hand her the first loss of her career and
win the Strikeforce 145-pound women’s title.
“I know Gina is not going to go out the way that it went down,”
Coker said. “Her whole thing now is just timing and scheduling.
She’s got the movie coming out in April, I believe, and she’s got
some more stuff on her plate.”
After which Coker expects Carano to give in to the pull to fight
again, the same as other film crossovers have before her.
“I know, just like Cung [Le] or other people that have [been] part
of the film business … they’re still a fighter by heart, believe
me, and they have that desire to compete,” Coker said. “I think
Gina will be the same. It’s just a matter of time. I believe she
will fight in 2011.”
• Coker suggested Robbie
Lawler could get a title shot against middleweight champion
“Jacare” Souza if Lawler defeats Matt
Lindland on Dec. 4. However, if Lindland wins, a rematch
against Souza doesn’t sound likely: “I think if Robbie wins, I
think that would be a great fight. Let’s just see what happens on
December 4. Jacare, I know he wants to fight, get back in the cage.
We’ll have him probably in the first quarter of . He
definitely will be fighting.”
• Coker discussed whether Strikeforce will be on CBS in 2011:
“We’re going to start a dialogue with them in the beginning of the
year. It’s something that’s going to be an ongoing dialogue. The
relationship is good. They just helped put out a DVD that hit the
shelves this month as well as [we’re] working on some other
television opportunities. On the broadcast side, we all know what
happened last year in Nashville. We’re going to pick it up again in
the beginning of the year. I had a good conversation with [CBS
executive] Kelly Kahl at the EA Sports party last, what,
two weeks ago in L.A. ... The conversation is ongoing, and it’s
always a good dialogue.”
• Coker would like to promote Josh Thomson
Kawajiri in the U.S.
• Coker was impressed with Shinya
Aoki’s win over Kawajiri. He said Aoki looked much more
comfortable in a ring than he did in the cage against Gilbert
Melendez. He’s working on a rematch between Melendez and Aoki
that would take place in a ring on New Year’s Eve in Japan.
• Coker would like to match Brett
Rogers against Lavar
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:43:58) with Scott Coker, who also
discussed co-promotion with Bellator.