July 13, 2014 by staff · Comments Off
Will Carano Challenge Rousey’s UFC Crown?, Gina Carano signing with the UFC seems to be a foregone conclusion. That’s according to the boss himself, Dana White.
The UFC president told ESPN.com on Friday that he and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta are flying to Los Angeles next week to hammer out a deal with women’s MMA pioneer and current Hollywood actress Gina Carano. How confident is White that Carano will be soon fighting in the UFC?
“I’m going to meet with Gina next week and get that f***ing thing done,” White said.
White said last weekend after UFC 175 that the hold up with Carano was her “Hollywood lawyer” making things difficult. He seems to think meeting face-to-face with the “Haywire” actress’ team will make a big difference. And usually he’s correct.
“I’m going to meet with Gina next week and get that f***ing thing done.”
Does White’s new-found perseverance to sign Carano have anything to do with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey decimating Alexis Davis last week in just 16 seconds? It’s probably no coincidence that the UFC hammered out a deal with former championship boxer Holly Holm on Thursday and now seems hell-bent on inking Carano. It’s probably only a matter of time before Cris Cyborg enters the picture, too.
Rousey (10-0), a former Olympic judo bronze medalist, has finished all of her fights and there doesn’t seem to be a woman currently in the UFC who could even be competitive with her. Holm and Carano might not be either at this juncture, but those fights make financial sense. At the box office, a Rousey-Carano title fight would do big money. Mainstream media would eat up two attractive movie stars going toe-to-toe in the Octagon. Rousey’s first major film role comes this summer in “The Expendables 3.”