It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything from Gina Carano. Some might take that as a sign that she left for Hollywood and isn’t looking back. Don’t count Strikeforce’s Scott Coker as one of those people though. He thinks Gina will take a break from choreographed fighting to do a little real fighting in 2011.

“I know Gina is not going to go out the way that it went down,” Coker said. “Her whole thing now is just timing and scheduling. She’s got the movie coming out in April, I believe, and she’s got some more stuff on her plate.”

“I know, just like Cung [Le] or other people that have [been] part of the film business … they’re still a fighter by heart, believe me, and they have that desire to compete,” Coker said. “I think Gina will be the same. It’s just a matter of time. I believe she will fight in 2011.”

The thing with Gina is, no one, or at least no one who’s willing to talk about it, seems to know what Gina Carano’s plans are at this point. Maybe she’ll return to Strikeforce in 2011. Maybe she stays in Hollywood and makes another movie. Or maybe even both, but until she breaks her silence, I don’t think anyone can really say one way or other what turn Gina Carano’s career is going to take next.

On a side note, Coker also hinted a few match-ups he’d like to put together. He’d like to bring Tatsuya Kawajiri over from Japan to fight Josh Thomson, plus he’d like to put Brett Roger back in the Strikeforce cage against Lavar Johnson, who’s coming off a big knockout victory over Virgil Zwicker. Robbie Lawler vs. Jacare Souza for the middleweight title is a possibility if Lawler beats Matt Lindland in December. Oh, and while everyone continues to call for Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez, Coker continues to work on sending to Melendez over to Japan for a rematch with Shinya Aoki on NYE.

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