UFC President Dana White Promises He Will Sign Gina Carano Next Week
There are not many super fights left for UFC president Dana White to make, but Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano might still be possible.
In fact, White has recently promised to sign the former Strikeforce star no matter what it takes, telling ESPN that he’s setting a hard deadline for next week to make the deal:
“One down, one to go,” White said. “I’m going to meet with Gina next week and get that f—ing thing done. Next week, man.
“It’s just a matter of me and Lorenzo going to jump on a plane to Los Angeles, get in a room with her and her lawyer and get this thing done.”
It’s a fresh change of pace for Dana White and the UFC, who have been actively signing possible contenders to Rousey’s title. Just this past June, the promotion finally made a deal with undefeated Japanese MMA champion Rin Nakai (16-0-1) to fight Miesha Tate, while former pound-for-pound boxing-champion-turned-MMA-prospect Holly Holm (7-0) was acquired by the UFC this week.
However, neither fighter is getting an immediate title shot against Rousey, which could possibly leave the door open for a Rousey vs. Carano fight right off the bat.
As far as pay-per-view, that’s probably the best route for the UFC to take. Although Carano hasn’t fought since her August 2009 headliner against Cris Cyborg, the fighter-turned-actress is just as popular as ever, having starred in major film projects like Haywire and Fast and Furious 6.
It’s fair to say that Carano’s loss to Cyborg should also come under a great deal of scrutiny in hindsight, as Cyborg tested positive about two years later for steroids. That drug use has been one of the biggest barriers to the UFC setting up a fight between Rousey and Cyborg, not to mention Cyborg’s self-imposed inability to cut down from featherweight (145 pounds) to the 135-pound bantamweight limit. To boot, Rousey has repeatedly refused to fight Cyborg at any catchweight limit, flatly accusing the Brazilian of doping for the entire length of her career. However, Rousey has said that she would make an exception for Carano, who was called “The Face of Women’s MMA” during the Strikeforce era.