Steven Soderbergh the director behind multiple successful films including, Oceans 11/12/13 and Erin Brockovich and the upcoming movie The Informant has cast the biggest name in female mixed martial arts to play the lead role in his next movie ‘Knockout.’
Scripted by Lem Dobbs, “Knockout” casts Carano as a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes. The film is a closer cousin to “La Femme Nikita” and “Kill Bill” than “Million Dollar Baby,” in that it doesn’t take place in the fight ring. Rather, Soderbergh considers the film as a flat out action film in the James Bond mold, and will shoot in locations around the world that include Ireland, Turkey and the U.S.
Soderbergh will surround Carano will name actors in supporting roles. – variety.com
Carano has not had much to say since her first round loss in the Strikeforce title fight to new champion Cris Cyborg but I’m guessing she will be taking plenty of time off in order to star in the movie.
This has been a good few weeks for MMA fighters looking at breaking into acting, how many more will Hollywood steal?
Gina Carano at the Strikeforce weigh-in’s via MMAJunkie.com
Gina Carano (143) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5) [t]
Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (155)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201) vs. Gegard Mousasi (204) [t]
Jay Hieron (169) vs. Jesse Taylor (172) *
Mike Kyle (228) vs. Fabricio Werdum (219)
Scott Lighty (202) vs. Mike Cook (205)
David Douglas (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (154)
James Terry (169) vs. Zac Bucia (170)
Isaiah Hill (156) vs. Alex Trevino (156)
*Jesse Taylor failed to make weight on his first try and was given one hour to lose the extra pound. According to Hieron’s manager Taylor did later make weight.
The eagerly anticipated Gina Carano-Cris Cyborg press conference and fan meet and greet session will be streamed live in its entirety, exclusively on STRIKEFORCE’s official website, www.strikeforce.com, from New York City’s Madison Square Garden this Tuesday, July 14, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.
The wildly popular and undefeated Carano (7-0) and her number one rival, Brazilian powerhouse Cyborg (7-1), will take center stage at the WaMu Theater at The World’s Most Famous Arena one month before they face off in what is the most anticipated fight in the history of women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) and the first women’s fight to headline a major fight card also featuring men.
At stake in the Carano-Cyborg showdown at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Saturday, August 15 will be the newly created STRIKEFORCE Women’s 145-Pound World Title.
The STRIKEFORCE: “Carano vs. Cyborg” mega-event will feature three additional world championship bouts.
Joe “Diesel” Riggs (30-10) and Nick Diaz (20-7) will revisit their bitter rivalry that began three years ago in the UFC when they face off in the first welterweight (170 pounds) STRIKEFORCE championship fight in history.
World Heavyweight Champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem (29-11) will put his coveted title on the line and, at the same time, attempt to avenge a previous defeat when he squares off with old nemesis and two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (11-4-1).
World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2) will defend his STRIKEFORCE crown against Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (15-2), the man whom Thomson dethroned by way of unanimous decision at HP Pavilion on June 27, 2008.
Tickets for STRIKEFORCE: “Carano vs. Cyborg,” priced from $30, are available at the HP Pavilion box office (408-287-7070), Ticketmaster locations (800-745-3000), Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and at www.Strikeforce.com. HP Pavilion doors will open August 15 at 5 p.m. PT. The first preliminary bout will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The live SHOWTIME telecast of the August 15 event will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed on the west coast).
Here are some pictures of MMA fighter Gina Carano from her feature on Maxim.com
It is clear that right now the EliteXC is currently one of the major players in the world of MMA organizations. They don’t sell PPV’s but they do have a recognizable brand along with a fairly decent stable of fighters. Only problem for them now is the fact that their most well known fighter Kimbo Slice was knocked out in fourteen seconds by an Ultimate Fighter 2 contestant known as Seth Petruzelli.
Now while Kimbo isn’t the only fighter in the EliteXC he was carrying the weight of a whole organization round with him and now all that weight has been passed on to Gina Carano. Carano can obviously be credited with the title of “most popular female fighter in North America,” she won her last fight and is still undefeated. Carano right now is the bigest name that the EliteXC has left, they need to get her fighting in every event to keep the numbers up and hopefully she wont get beat in such a dramatic fashion like Kimbo.
So with the bigest name gone and the whole organization resting on Gina Carano can the EliteXC rebound? It would take alot! They need to really start farming their own material and find a fighter with qualaties like Anderson Silva which is fairly impossible but it could be the only way. Another option for them is to sign a big name from another sport like the UFC did with Brock Lesnar. Kurt Angle is currently looking at joining MMA, the EliteXC should try and grab him before the UFC do.
What if they can’t find the fighters? If the EliteXC can’t find the fighters they are simply going to go broke. They are already $60 million under and much more in a struggling economy could be bye bye for the EliteXC. I personally hope they can rebound or Affliction can gain more power. Choice is always a great thing for a fan and if the UFC is always top of the pile we won’t get much of it.
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (234.5) vs. Ken Shamrock (206.5)
Jake Shields (169.7) vs. Paul “Semtex” Daley (170)
Andre “The Pitbull” Arlovski (240.7) vs. Roy “Big Country” Nelson (262.7)
Gina “Conviction” Carano (141) vs. Kelly Kobald (141)
Murilo “Ninja” Rua (185) vs. Benji Radach (185)
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (148.5) vs. Yoko Takahashi (148.5)
James Edson Berto (157.7) vs. Conor Huen (160.7)
Seth Petruzelli (205.5) vs. Aaron Rosa (204.7)
Lorenzo Borgomeo (170.2) vs. Mickey Gomez (170.2)
David Gomez (138.7) vs. Bryan Hamade (138.75)
Jorge Boechat (159.5) vs. Nicolae Curry (161.2)
Above are the weigh-in results for tomorrow nights EliteXC: HEAT. Every fighter made weight but Gina Carano did have to try three times with an end result of removing all her clothes.
Well In my opinion this event was awesome. There were some very good fights and a lot of drama surrounding a few of them. Kimbo Slice kept his unbeaten record as did Gina Carano. Robbie Lawler retained his championship due to a finger slipping in Scott Smith’s eye, the fight was ruled no contest.
It was without a doubt a milestone moment in the MMA world. Without a doubt the fight of the night would have to go to Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith. Although it ended like it did, the action and drama surround it was all amazing.
The event was said to have sold 8,033 tickets but rumors are going about of mass ticket giveaways to make it look good on TV.
The full summaries of every fight will be on in the morning for now here are the quick results to wet your appetite:
-Joe Sampieri def. Mike Groves by TKO (Punches on the ground) at 4:58, R1
-Zach Makovsky def. Andre Soares by unanimous decision at 5:00, R3
-James Jones def. Calvin Kattar by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:49, R1
-Wilson Reis def. Justin Robbins by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:06, R1
-Matt Makowski def. Nick Serra by TKO (fighter can not continue) at 3:57, R2
-Carlton Haselrig def. Carlos Moreno by TKO (unable to continue) at 5:00, R1
-Chris Liguori def. Jim Bova by TKO (doctor’s stoppage due to a cut) at 4:31, R2
-Brett Rogers def. Jon Murphy by KO at 1:01, R1
-Joey Villasenor def. Phil Baroni by TKO at 1:11, R1
-Gina Carano def. Kaitlin Young by TKO (doctor stoppage) at 3:00, R2
-Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith ruled a No Contest (doctor stoppage for thumb to the eye) at 3:26, R3
-Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Furgeson def. James Thompson by TKO at :38, R3
Tonight will be one of the biggest nights for Mixed Martial Arts publicity. The EliteXC will be debuting their show on CBS free of charge to the fans. EliteXC put some of their most popular fighters in the spotlight for this event including Kimbo Slice, Robbie Lawler and Gina Carano herself (above).
Unfortunately for Carano she came in overweight at yesterdays weigh-ins and will be forced to give up 12.5% of her fight purse to Kaitlin Young. Here are the official weigh-in results for all fighters:
Kimbo Slice (235.5) vs. James Thompson (257)
Robbie Lawler (184.5) vs. Scott Smith (184.5)*
Gina Carano (144.5) vs. Kaitlin Young (140.5)
Jon Murphy (260.5) vs. Brett Rogers (263.5)
Phil Baroni (185) vs. Joey Villasenor (184.5)
Carlton Haselrig (263) vs. Carlos Moreno (261)
Jim Bova (160.5) vs. Chris Liguori (161)
Matt Makowski (171) vs. Nick Serra (167)
Wilson Reis (140.5) vs. Justin Robbins (140.5)
James “Binky” Jones (154.5) vs. Calvin Kattar (155.5)
Zach Makovsky (135) vs. Andre Soares (134)
Mike Groves (154) vs. Joe Sampieri (155)