A quick update on Gina Carano pulling out of her fight at Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum. There’s still no explanation for why she isn’t fighting, and while her own personal doctor was the one that apparently advised her not to compete, she was all ready to go as far as the commission doctors were concerned:
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said today that the doctor had “revoked” Carano’s medical clearance to fight and added that, “The timetable for Gina’s return will be determined after further testing conducted this week.”
Officially, though, Carano was cleared to fight. She had submitted all required paperwork to compete and had been granted a license by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which is in charge of regulating the event. The paperwork included a physical, blood-test results and an ophthalmologic exam.
“She had met all the state of Texas requirements,” Susan Stanford, a representative for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, today told MMAjunkie.com.
Now these are the same kind of requirements that allow fighters with injuries to slip by all the time. UFC 130 featured fighters with jacked up hands, pneumonia, and bronchitis, all cleared by commission doctors after physicals. So this doesn’t really rule out your more normal kind of injuries that might force a fighter off the card. But again, if it’s something like that then why so secretive?
Today’s two new pet theories: cold feet and weight issues. Gina has obviously had issues in the past missing weight, coming in 4.5 pounds over for her fight with Kaitlin Young and needing to strip naked over several attempts to make weight for Kelly Kobald. She was a last second scratch from a EliteXC / K-1 Dynamite!! USA card because she needed to be taken to the hospital with dehydration. It’s worth noting though that all these fights were at the imaginary weightclass of 140 Gary Shaw created so Gina could fight 135 pounders in EliteXC … she hasn’t had any trouble making 145.
As for cold feet … well, her managers say it wasn’t cold feet but jeez if it isn’t any of these embarrassing reasons then why the hell is the reason secret? Gina’s new coach Greg Jackson is refusing to give any information out either, but said “the whole team loves Gina.” Now if Greg wasn’t such a hippy mofo I’d say that sounds like the kind of thing you tell someone who bolted for no reason to let her know she can still come back. Now that is an assumption created out of sheer fancy and imagination, but what else can we do but conjure up theories when we have nothing else to go on?
Typically when you take someone off a card you’ve been selling tickets for, a reason is given. Do the fans going to the event not deserve to know what’s up? What about her opponent, Sarah D’Alelio? We want answers, damnit! Or we’ll just continue to make up potential reasons why she can’t fight.
Tomorrow’s speculation: Gina is actually a secret black ops agent who was called away on an important mission, but then found herself doublecrossed by the very people she worked for. Now she fights for her life and the life she used to have as everything around her goes … HAYWIRE. Dun dun duuuuuuuuun!