UFC commentator Joe Rogan managed to open up a big can of worms recently when he speculated that there would be a huge announcement forthcoming about women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and her next opponent in the Octagon.
Rogan appeared on the KROQ Kevin and Bean Show, where he teased Rousey’s next fight after being prompted that she’s already ran through all the top competition in the division.
"I wish I could tell you what I know. I wish I could tell you. I know some secret stuff. I know some secret stuff, but I can’t tell you," Rogan said.
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"It’s going to be crazy. Madness. I wish I could (say it now) but I would betray the confidence of my friend and employer."
Rogan stated that the announcement would probably be coming in the ‘next week or so’, but according to UFC president Dana White, who spoke with UFC Tonight on Wednesday that’s not entirely accurate.
Where did Gina vs. Ronda come from!?
— UFC president Dana White
White said no announcement about Rousey’s next fight is forthcoming, but he also didn’t refute Rogan’s claims that something huge could be in the works.
As soon as Rogan mentioned the possibility, the entire MMA world started buzzing about what the big announcement could be and the target landed on two fighters in particular — Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos and Gina Carano.
Now as far as Carano goes, this one seems like a Hail Mary long shot at best. Carano has been out of action since 2009 when she was bludgeoned by Cyborg in her final MMA fight. Since that time, Carano has focused on a career in Hollywood with no real mention of ever coming back to MMA.
When White was asked about her named being mentioned he told UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani, "where did Gina vs. Ronda come from!? LOL".
Carano’s new movie ‘In the Blood’ is set to be released in April and sources close to Greg Jackson’s camp in New Mexico where she last trained before leaving the sport stated when speaking to FOX Sports that it’s been quite some time since she regularly worked out there at the gym.
There is also the fact that when she was fighting, Carano often struggled to cut down to 145 pounds, but to face Rousey in the UFC she would have to make 135 pounds.
The other possibility still stands that Cyborg could be the fighter teased by Rogan’s statement. The Brazilian fighter has stated recently that she will be making the move down to bantamweight to get a shot at Rousey, although White said he would like for her to make weight and compete a couple of times at 135 pounds before he would sign her to the UFC.
Still, if Cyborg can make the move down to 135 pounds it’s hard to imagine the UFC wouldn’t jump on the chance to make a fight happen with Rousey, which would likely be the biggest bout in the history of women’s MMA.