Gina Carano return to Strikeforce put on hold, will not not fight Sarah D'Alelio on June 18

via static.urdirt.net

Bad news, fight fans ... real bad. 

Gina Carano, who was all set to make her return to the cage on June 18 at the Strikeforce: "Overeem vs. Werdum" event in Dallas, Texas, against Sarah D'Alelio, has been pulled from the card.

On a conference call today, General Manager Scott Coker read a statement from Carano:

"I'm disappointed not to be fighting June 18. I'd like to thank Greg Jackson ... and I hope this is just a brief setback."

The reason given for "Conviction's" inability to participate in the June 18 festivities was that she was not medically cleared to compete by her doctor, although that was the extent of the information offered at this time. 

Carano (7-1) hasn't seen action since a first round beatdown at the hands of Brazilian "Cyborg" Cristiane Santos back in August 2009. Following the loss, "Conviction" took a break from competition to star in the upcoming "Haywire" movie from director Steven Soderbergh.

She told fans earlier this year she was planning her MMA return to "prove something to herself," but she'll have to wait until a later date to do so. 

There is no word yet on whether or not D'Alelio will receive a new opponent or will be yanked from the card altogether.

Stepping in to fill the void on the main card will be the K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal lightweight number one contender bout.

"Overeem vs. Werdum" will feature the continuation of the heavyweight grand prix tournament with match-ups pitting Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers.

A pair of heavyweight tilts are also set for the night's main card, as Chad Griggs will take on Valentijn Overeem and Daniel Cormier will battle Jeff Monson.

Keep it locked to MMAmania.com for any updates to Carano's condition and the Strikeforce June 18 fight card.

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