Interesting news out of the UFC Fight Night 37 post-fight press conference regarding Gina Carano's fighting future. UFC President Dana White, when asked about the oft-rumored return of the original face of women's MMA, Gina Carano, that the fighter-turned-actress still has four fights remaining on her contract with Strikeforce.
This is interesting news for those clamoring to see her return to fighting, as it essentially means that Carano is already signed as a UFC fighter. The only thing blocking her from making a return to the cage, then, would be whether or not she actually wants to return to action.
Carano rose to stardom as one of the most heavily promoted fighters in the now-defunct EliteXC promotion. There, she became a popular personality and the biggest name among female mixed martial artists. When EliteXC was bought out by Strikeforce, she wound up as rival-by-default to fellow female fighter Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos (now fighting under her maiden name, Justino), who would beat her into retirement with a 4:59-long mauling.
While the rumors have been swirling for a while now, Carano and her camp have been tellingly silent regarding a return.
Carano effectively left MMA in order to focus on her acting career. This has included starring in her own action movie, Haywire, as well as bit parts in movies like Fast and Furious 6 and Blood and Bone, as well as TV shows like Almost Human and American Gladiators. Not only that, but she has an upcoming starring role in a film adaptation of Rob Liefeld's Avengelyne comic series.
Suffice it to say that any talk regarding Carano's return is completely speculative at this point. Regardless, Bleacher Report will bring you all the updates as they become available.