Gina Carano Meeting With UFC This Week

Dana White is making a hard push to sign Gina Carano this week. After finally signing Holly Holm to a UFC contract, Dana and Lorenzo Fertita are flying to Los Angeles to lock in another potential challenger for Women’s Bantamweight championRonda Rousey. During an interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Dana White said:

“One down, one to go. I’m going to meet with Gina and get that fu-king 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.”

Gina Carano hasn’t fought since 2009 when she lost to Cris “Cyborg” Justino in the closing seconds of the first round of their fight.  Technically, she was under contract with Zuffa as recently as last month, a result of UFC’s 2011 purchase of Strikeforce back in 2011.

Rousey has stated several times that Gina Carano was the inspiration that got her into MMA and she’d welcome the opportunity to fight her. During the media hype leading up to UFC 175, Rousey told reporters:

“The first women’s MMA fight I ever saw was Gina Carano vs. Julie Kedzie. Not only did I admire what [Carano] was doing, but also I was blown away by the reaction all the guys were giving them, and, I just remember sitting there and thinking, ‘I could totally beat both of these chicks.’”

“Whether she ever wants to fight again or not is entirely up to her, but ever since that day when I had that first taste of women’s MMA she’s the fight I wanted.”

It sounds like the feeling is mutual. White told ESPN:

“There is no doubt about it, [Gina] wants to fight. And she wants to fight Ronda.”

It was reported by UFC Tonight two weeks ago that talks with Gina Carano had stalled, but Dana White clarified that it was simply a matter of coming to terms on deal, not Carano’s desire to fight.

  • Fazzax

    But how can they possibly justify giving her a title shot after she’s not fought for 5 years and she lost?

    • Leather Face

      Maybe because she was as dominant as ronda is now and lost to a roided up tranny. That fight wasn’t fair by any means.

  • Qball1974

    My dream match :) but she really needs 1-2 tune up fights first and that’s even if she can make weight.

  • Mr 561

    Rousey, Holm, Carano and Cyborg … Some very intriguing fights there (except Cyborg-Carano)

  • velma asije

    Well the “rounded up tranny” is going to beat the shit out of Ronda.

    • Leather Face


  • Tony

    About Damn time Dana! If anyone could beat Rousey it will be Gina. At least a competitive fight hopefully.

    • Floyd Gayweather

      Carano can beat Rousey in a pie eating contest!

    • Brian

      Uh . . . you mean the girl who got stomped by a roided up Santos, who hasn’t fought in half a decade? Oh yeah, she’ll REALLY give Ronda a competitive fight. I swear, I’m amazed at the ignorance of so many MMA fans.

  • corykraus

    Yeah, it’s time. Ronda’s pretty much plowed through the current UFC roster, it’s time to outsource some high level talent. Give Ronda something to be worried about = $$$

    • MattBooneEWN

      Ronda is also one of the few remaining draws UFC has with Silva and GSP out and Lesnar, Liddell, etc. retired. She’s one of few who can generate money-making fights, except they don’t have any legit names for her. If they pick up Carano and Cyborg, along with Holm (if they can promote her properly because I don’t think many outside of the hardcore fan base knows who she is) they have a handful of legit PPV drawing matches there.

  • Gavin Hampson

    gina struggled to make weight in a heavier weight class… no way she makes bantam

    • MattBooneEWN

      Very true. She’s had a lot of issues with weight in the past. It’s interesting that everyone brings up making weight when talking about Cyborg, but never Carano.

    • Floyd Gayweather

      She a fatty!

  • Floyd Gayweather

    Carano vs. Rousey in a lesbian porno! Come on lets do that!