Carano fails medicals, off June 18 Strikeforce show

Gina Carano’s nearly two-year absence from fighting will be prolonged.

The longtime Las Vegas resident — and former face of women’s MMA, who was set to return after a 22-month layoff — had her medical clearance revoked for her scheduled June 18 bout with Sarah D’Alelio and is no longer eligible to compete on the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum show in Dallas.

“I’m seriously disappointed not to be fighting June 18,” Carano said in a released statement. “I’d like to thank Greg Jackson and Team Jackson for such an amazing camp. I hope this is only a brief setback.”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker offered few details today on a conference call with media members besides saying that Carano’s “medical clearance was revoked by her doctor” yesterday after an exam.

“The timetable for Gina’s return will be determined after further testing conducted this week,” Coker said.

The 29-year-old Carano (7-1 MMA) — who is the star of Steven Soderbergh’s film Haywire, set to be released in August — was returning to action for the first time since August of 2009, when she suffered her only career loss at the hands of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.



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