Gina Carano won’t make her return to mixed martial arts on June 18 after all. Strikeforce’s Scott Coker announced today on a conference call that Carano was denied medical clearance for her upcoming main card bout against Sarah D’Alelio at Strikeforce “Overeem vs. Werdum” and won’t be able to fight. Carano expressed her disappointment in a prepared statement read by Coker.
“I’m seriously disappointed not to be fighting June 18,” Carano’s statement read. “I’d like to think Greg Jackson and Team Jackson for such an amazing camp. I hope this is only a brief setback.”
The reasons for the denial weren’t revealed, but Coker did say they’ve pulled up the KJ Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal fight from the prelims to replace the Carano-D’Alelio fight on the Showtime card.
It’s possible D’Alelio may still fight on the card, but Strikeforce hasn’t secured an opponent as of yet.
It’s unknown if and when Carano will be able to return to action, but Strikeforce hopes to know more later this week after Carano undergoes further testing.
We’ll update this post with more details if they become available.
Update: SI.com’s Loretta Hunt has clarified that Gina Carano did receive clearance from the Texas athletic commission, but not from her own doctor.
Susan Stanford, the public information officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, confirmed to SI.com on Tuesday that Carano’s contestant application, which included a physician’s examination, an ophthalmologic exam, as well as requisite blood test results, had been processed and approved.
“Gina Carano had met all of the state of Texas’ requirements and the agency received notice today that she was off the card,” said Stanford.