It's something that every MMA fan wants to know: Where is Gina Carano? She was originally scheduled for the Strikeforce Dallas show before being pulled from the card due to an undisclosed injury. Subsequent questions weren't ever answered with Scott Coker's go to response being "This is the text message I have from her manager". That is what fans were told they needed to accept regarding the whereabouts of the "face of women's MMA". With her acting career probably extremely limited due Haywire constantly having the release date pushed back, a sure sign of a bad movie, it is nice to see Carano at least receive recognition for being a pretty face.
Esquire Magazine puts together a list of the Hottest Women every year. This year Rihanna was crowned as the world's sexiest woman. Carano was named as one of the sexiest women on the planet, something that MMA fans have known for years now. From Esquire Magazine:
For having the guts of a fighter but not the body of one. For drawing the attention of Steven Soderbergh, who cast her in his new movie, Haywire, in which she - an MMA fighter - plays a spy who's as tough as she is lovely. And for unintentionally making Channing Tatum look like a good actor, at least in comparison.
Carano isn't the only athlete on the list. United States Women National Team goalie Hope Solo was also given considerations. As a fan of not just good looking women but also good looking athletic women, I'm pleased to know that the folks over at Esquire Magazine are giving the nod to female athletes instead of just the usual suspects of models, actresses, and singers.
There is no word on if Carano will ever return to MMA and with the current state of Strikeforce, it is doubtful that she'll ever return to the same status as the face of women's MMA. Showtime has still not made a decision about continuing their contract with Strikeforce and Zuffa is in the process of bringing the top fighters over to the UFC to fill out their divisions. Unless Dana White and co change their minds on women's MMA, it is doubtful that Carano, Cyborg, Miesha Tate, and Ronda Rousey will be brought over in the process.