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Gina Carano gets June opponent in the form of Sarah D’Alelio

Immensely popular female fighter Gina Carano faced a “Cyborg” in her most-recent battle and now appears poised to stare down “The Monster” in her next. The aforementioned opponents in question are not characters in one of the blossoming actress’ films but rather in-ring adversaries with Strikeforce 145-pound champ Cris Santos playing the former role and the latter going to Sarah D’Alelio, a 4-1 grappler all but set to face Carano on June 18 when MMA’s sweetheart returns to the cage after nearly two years away from the sport.

News of the likely pairing was reported by MMAFighting where it was stated verbal agreements were in place.

D’Alelio holds a 4-1 overall record with the entire lot of bouts coming in 2010. She last fought in December, a decision loss to seasoned veteran Julie Kedzie, but had finished all four of her opponents prior to the stumble including three by way of submission.

When “The Monster” meets Carano she will look to hand the 29-year old star a second consecutive defeat after her streak of seven straight victories was broken up in brutal fashion by Santos in August 2009. Carano also compiled an extremely impressive win percentage as a kickboxer before turning to MMA, a skill that has served her relatively well since given her success against opponents while standing. She has found past success against a number of her respected peers including Kedzie, Kelly Kobold, and Rosi Sexton.

Carano and D’Aleleio will serve as part of a main card on June 18 in Dallas with headlining action from Strikeforce World Grand Prix participants Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, and Brett Rogers, in addition to a heavyweight pairing between Valentijn Overeem and Chad Griggs.


  • Dufresne says:

    It’s about time we got some more women’s MMA. I don’t know enough about D’Aleleio to know if she’s just being fed to Gina or if she’s a legitimate threat, but either way I’m happy they’re putting the ladies back on the card.

    I want to know when Cyborg is going to get another challenger.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Cyborg has said she’s already looking to fight at a local event in Brazil in August if Strikeforce doesn’t book her first.


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