‘Of course’ UFC would welcome Gina Carano back to fighting
Gina Carano is under the contract with the UFC and is more than welcome to fight in the Octagon whenever she wants, according to UFC president Dana White. But as far as that rumor that she’ll be challenging Ronda Rousey for the women’s bantamweight title?
"I have no plans right now," White told reporters Friday after the UFC Fight Night London weigh-ins.
He has been coy about the entire thing since color commentator Joe Rogan ignited a storm when he said on the radio week that there would be huge women’s MMA news announced this week and that Rousey absolutely had a contender in the wings. White joked that Rogan "blew [his] whole week" when he made those remarks.
"There’s nothing done as far as her next opponent," White said.
So how did we get here? Rogan told a radio host in Los Angeles that he was "so incorrect" when speaking about a lack of contenders for Rousey. Rogan said there would be an announcement coming "in the next week or so" that would blow the lid off the women’s MMA world.
Joe doesn’t just go out and start making s**t up, but he never said Gina Carano was coming to the UFC.
"I wish I could tell you," Rogan said. "I know some secret stuff. I know some secret stuff, but I can’t tell you. 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."
White has basically already ruled out Cris Cyborg as Rousey’s next opponent, so the next "crazy" option people thought about was Carano. Cyborg herself told FOX Sports this week that she’ll attempt to fight in Invicta FC at 135 pounds before even entertaining a UFC contract. The well-muscled knockout artist typically fights at 145.
As for other possible contenders, White said Friday that former No. 1 contender Cat Zingano has gone "radio silent" recently. It’s hard to blame her. Zingano is coming off a torn ACL and the death of her husband. The only other women’s bantamweight on the roster that makes sense for Rousey would be Alexis Davis. But her getting a title shot is no bombshell like the one Rogan promised.
Clearly, Rogan knows something we all don’t and White is not ready to let the cat out of the bag yet.
"Joe doesn’t just go out and start making s**t up, but he never said Gina Carano was coming to the UFC," White said. "He never said that."
Something is up and it’s probably just isn’t a done deal at the moment. Could it be Carano? Perhaps. White is absolutely up for her fighting in the Octagon — she still has four fights left on her old Strikeforce deal that has carried over to the UFC.
"If she wanted to fight in the UFC, of course," White said. "If Gina Carano wanted to fight in the UFC, we would definitely do it."
Carano seems to be fairly busy in Hollywood, though. She has a movie coming out in April. But hey, maybe she’s intrigued by Rousey’s willingness to star on the silver screen and fight in the UFC.