So this past weekend marked what was supposed to be the return of Gina Carano. Unfortunately, she pulled out of the card, allegedly on her personal doctor’s advice. No further information was provided, which of course has just fanned the flames of interest in whatever the fuck is going on with her. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly if you know Gina’s history) she didn’t even attend the HWGP event, so Ariel Helwani had to get a statement from Scott Coker following the event. Here it is:
Dear Mister Coker
Gina is not feeling well and will not be able to participate in MMA for the forseeable future. No further information will be provided. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.
Oh wait, that’s not the real statement. The real note is just as mysterious though, moreso because Scott Coker makes it clear that Zuffa is just as in the dark as the rest of us. Here he is reading the actual quote:
This is from her manager. This is from Gina…
“Gina is feeling much better after having undergone some medical attention and is looking forward to getting back into training very soon. She would like to express thanks to Team Jackson for a wonderful training camp, Strikeforce, and the fans.”
So you know, she evidently had some medical attention provided and she looks forward to getting back soon. So that’s everything I know.
Any idea what the medical issue was?
I’m not sure I have no idea. I’m sure with your investigative skills you’ll be able to get to that
But it’s not career threatening, right?
You know what, this quote that came in a couple hours ago is all the information I have other than the initial statement that happened on that teleconference.
Roxy was in the Fightlinker chat during the Strikeforce HWGP and pointed us towards an interesting debate from the Fighergirls forum on whether fans have ‘a right’ to know what’s wrong with a fighter when they pull out of a fight. I don’t think we have a ‘right’ to much in this world … half the humans on planet earth drink shitwater, so in that context rights are pretty few and far between.
But if Gina wants MMA fans to love and support her, she might want to reconsider her current PR strategy. It’s quite clear that people aren’t happy about how the situation was handled and in the absence of facts we’ve turned to every imaginable fiction, most of them centered around her having lost her belly for fighting.
Unless she’s contagious like a Congo monkey or in a full body cast, there’s not much excuse for her disappearing off the face of the earth like she has. A simple Gina sighting coupled with an earnest ‘It’s a medical issue I’m not comfortable talking about’ proclamation would probably be enough to settle everyone down. But the whole super secret invisible Carano act she got so good at post-Cyborg has worn old, and fans don’t have a whole lot of anything other than that to base their opinions on.