Gina Carano to meet with Dana White next week to discuss UFC future

Gina Carano seems to be thinking long and hard about coming back to MMA.

Stephen Lovekin

This whole Gina Carano thing isn’t going away any time soon. Maybe it’s even getting closer to happening.

Carano said Thursday on "The Arsenio Hall Show" that she’ll be meeting with UFC president Dana White next week to discuss her comeback and is "kinda considering" fighting in the UFC (h/t MMA Fighting). She told FOX Sports last month that she’s "very open" to a return.

"I love it," Carano told Hall about fighting. "It’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn’t know if I was ever going to get placed with the opportunity to make a comeback. So I’m either going to do it now or retire and say, I’m never going to do it. So now is the moment."

It makes sense now, too, because the UFC is promoting women’s MMA. In Carano’s heyday, she was the female face of the sport, but it was in Strikeforce. Carano, 31, has not fought since a loss to Cris Cyborg in 2009. She’s been busy in Hollywood since then and her new movie "In The Blood" opens Friday.

Carano’s name popped up in the headlines in early March when UFC color commentator Joe Rogan said on a radio show that there was a big women’s MMA announcement pending. White denied it and said Rogan later apologized for jumping the gun.

But Rogan clearly did know something and rumors swirled that UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would defend her belt against Gina Carano in July. The timetable doesn’t seem to match up, because Rousey doesn’t want to fight again until August. But Rousey said she’d be "ecstatic" about a fight with Carano, one of her MMA idols.

Carano is technically under contract with the UFC. Her Strikeforce contract carried over when UFC parent company Zuffa purchased the company.

Despite her busy schedule, Carano has never stopped training in MMA.

"There’s not a workout that I go through that I’m not fighting somebody in my mind and it’s never gone away," Carano said.