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Dana White: Cris Cyborg literally committed professional suicide

Written on October 04, 2013 by Hector

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Dana White would love to work with Cris Cyborg but only with Tito Ortiz out of the picture

Cris “Cyborg” Justino is perhaps the best female fighter in the planet and is unquestionably the best that is not fighting under the UFC banner. Cyborg, now 28 years old is the current Invicta FC women’s featherweight titleholder and former Strikeforce featherweight champion. She has won all of her fights after losing her professional debut.

In 2009, Cyborg ended the reign of Gina Carano as the queen of MMA. She easily disposed Carano and stopped the latter with punches towards the end of the first round of their battle. It was the start of her era as the MMA’s new queen. She later sparked a rivalry with Strikeforce and now UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

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Strikeforce Aims Gina Carano’s Return in December

Written on August 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Strikeforce is targeting December for Gina Carano's return. Will this be for real now?

After bowing out from her scheduled bout against Sarah D’Alelio, Gina Carano’s camp released a cryptic message: “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.”

The said statement made a round of speculation emerged with regards to the needed “medical attention” that forced her to pull out. According to Dave Meltzer at the Wrestling Observer, the media will have the chance to skirt the issue this December. Based from an additional statement last Saturday:

“The December Strikeforce show is set for 12/17. Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal for the lightweight title plus Gina Carano are targeted for that show.”

Gina Carano hasn’t fought since August 2009, following her lost against Cris “Cyborg” Santos. Prior to her supposed return in Strikeforce, the fighter appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s film — Haywire.

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Gina Carano Cleared for Training, Possible for Strikeforce Comeback in 2011

Written on August 05, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Gina Carano is now set to return to her training after suffering from a mysterious ailment.

Good news for Women’s MMA fans: Gina Carano has already been cleared by her personal doctor to resume training, and if ever it goes well, she will be returning to the cage soon. Though her camp hasn’t announced any official comeback date for her, GinaCarano’s manager is positive to have a return before the year ends.

According to a source close to manager, Scott Karp, it’s far from a promise but she will be back in training soon. “She’s feeling good,” Karp confirmed. “She’s ready to get back in there and train.”

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Meisha Tate: I’m happy to represent women’s MMA, and the rest, I’ll leave up to you guys

Written on August 01, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The recently proclaimed women's bantamweight champion, Meisha Tate, spoke regarding people's decision if she's the new face of women's MMA.

The co-event of the “Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson” held last Saturday seems to damage the career of the unbeatable Marloes Coenen, as Meisha Tate attained the Strikeforce bantamweight title by finishing her through an arm-triangle choke technique.

Though the new 135lb Strikeforce champion is getting much excitement from her new title belt, Meisha Tate pointed out that she is still keeping her feet on the ground and would not get too affected with the fame she’s entering right now.

See the video of Meisha Tate after her title fight victory against Marloes Coenen after the break.

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Cris Cyborg, Now a Free Agent

Written on July 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After being unable to come in terms with Strikeforce and Zuffa, Cris Cyborg is now a free agent.

Cris Cyborg is now officially a free agent, which means that Strikeforce was unwilling to properly compensate her, or that Zuffa decided to discontinue promoting women’s MMA under the Strikeforce banner.

According to a source close from the situation, Cris Cyborg’s contract under Zuffa ended last Wednesday. Moreover, Strikeforce and UFC’s parent company failed to come to terms with the women’s MMA middleweight champ before she became a free agent. However, Cris Cyborg was said to be in negotiation with another undisclosed promotion. Gina Carano must have some lucky stars now.

Whether Cris Cyborg comes up with a new contract this weekend, Fighting Insider will keep you posted.

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Gina Carano’s Team Shares Updates on Her Status

Written on June 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The Overeem vs. Werdum's match last June 18 became more unforgettable, as it features the current condition of women's MMA superstar -- Gina Carano.

Supposed to be, MMA fighter – Gina Carano – is scheduled to battle Sarah D’Alelio at the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum card last Saturday. However, 11 days before the actual match, a report came stating that Gina Carano cannot participate on the event since she is still undertaking an undisclosed medical condition.

Until today, there are no concrete details on what really happened to he and what the “undisclosed medical condition” is all about. Gina Carano’s last MMA fight was way back in August 2009 when she did not attain victory against current Strikeforce middleweight champion — Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.

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Strikeforce’s Fighters, Approved and Licensed to Fight

Written on June 16, 2011 by Lulu

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Fighters of the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix can now legally compete on Saturday, as they were all cleared of all necessary requirements.

As previously reported, four other fighters for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix still don’t have the license to fight. Good thing, all 20 fighters will now compete on the tournament, as licensed and approved by the Texas Licensing and Regulation. According to Susan Stanford of TDLR, all fighters of the upcoming Strikeforce’s card were cleared of all the necessary requirements.

That said, there will be ten bouts for the event as scheduled — including the Overeem vs. Werdum main event and the return of Gina Carano on Strikeforce. The preliminary matches will air on HDNet, while the main card will be broadcast on Showtime.

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Gina Carano, Forced out of June 18 Strikeforce Card

Written on June 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After being unable to get a medical clearance, Gina Carano was forced out from Strikeforce's June 18 card.

Last Tuesday, Strikeforce CEO – Scott Coker – stated in a media conference call that Gina Carano could not get a medical certificate from her doctors in time for the June 18 tournament.

That said, the Gina Carano vs Sarah D’Alelio match will be pulled out from the card and will be replaced with a lightweight duel between KJ Noons and Jorge Masvidal. However, the fighter is keeping her fingers crossed to get clearance and comeback in the cage soon.

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Gina Carano Meets Sarah D’Alelio at Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum

Written on April 18, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Rumor alert! Gina Carano will face Sarah D'Alelio at Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum this June 18.

Rumors are roaming around women’s MMA arena that Sarah D’Alelio will have a 145-pound brawl against Gina Carano at the upcoming Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum tournament.

Prior to her upcoming match, Gina Carano was busy filming her role in the movie Haywire after a loss to Christiane “Cyborg” Santos last August 2009. Strikeforce has been looking for an opponent to face her, and was in negotiation with Cinday Dandois. However, the latter was forced to turn down the offer due to pregnancy. Sarah D’Alelio, on the other hand, is coming from a unanimous decision loss to Julie Kedzie in a Jackson’s MMA series event last December.

The Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on June 18. The event will green lit two remaining Heavyweight Grand Prix between Alistair Overeem vs Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett vs Brett Rogers.

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Scott Coker: Women’s MMA is Here to Stay

Written on April 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"Strikeforce is going to run just like it has been. We're going to move forward with women's MMA now and in future years from now." --- Scott Coker, Strikeforce CEO

Although there are uncertainties after UFC’s acquisition of Strikeforce, Scott Coker assured that the women’s MMA is here to stay. This includes extending the contract and signing of new talent for Strikeforce’s women roster. And while the overall roster remains relatively small, their bouts have produced some hits.

In fact, Strikeforce became the highest-profile North American promotion for female fighters. In August 2009, the promotion heralded its first queen – Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos – after headlining a Showtime-televised event versus Gina Carano.

“With the purchase, you may see some back-end changes. But at the end of the day, we’re going to keep [promoting women’s fights].”

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