UFC President Says That He Will Try To Sign Carano This Week

Published on July 21st, 2014 4:23 pm EST

UFC President Dana White recently revealed that he is going to continue his full court press to try and sign Gina Carano to a UFC contract.

The negotiation is tricky due to the fact that Carano has a Hollywood career as well. White said that he will be meeting with Carano's lawyer later this week in order to try to hammer out a deal that would see Carano return to fighting.

White also revealed that if the UFC can ink Carano to a deal, the plan is to throw her immediately into a title match against Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Keep in mind that Carano's last fight was nearly five years ago against Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, so Dana White's proclamation that she would be receiving an immediate title shot has been met with some raised eyebrows.

The UFC likely doesn't want to risk Carano losing a "tune-up" fight before fighting Ronda Rousey. Aside from possibly Rousey/"Cyborg", Rousey/Carano is easily the biggest fight that the UFC can put on right now in the Women's Bantamweight division. The UFC is clearly looking to cash in straight away on a Rousey/Carano match, even if the fight wouldn't end up being competitive due to Carano's long absence from fighting.

The problem, however, is that throwing Carano directly into a title fight does not help the legitimacy of the UFC. How can the UFC sell Carano as a worthy challenger to Rousey if she hasn't fought in almost five years? If the UFC really cared about such things, they would make Carano win at least two fights before fighting Rousey for the title. In the end, however, they won't take that risk due to the money involved.

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We should know later this week if Carano is, in fact, going to be moving to the UFC to continue her fighting career. My guess is that she will sign a contract after the UFC offers her a small fortune.


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