Fresh off of signing undefeated mixed martial artist and 18-time world boxing champion Holly Holm earlier this week, the UFC turns its attention to inking a deal with former Strikeforce champion Gina Carano.
According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC president Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertita will meet with Carano next week in Los Angeles to work out contract details.
“One down, one to go,” White told ESPN. “I’m going to meet with Gina next week and get that (expletive) thing done.”
The organization has been in negotiations with Carano for months, but hasn’t been unable to secure a deal.
“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,” he said.
Carano last fought in August 2009, losing by TKO to Cris “Cyborg” Justino in the closing seconds of the opening round. She hasn’t fought at 135-pounds since her professional debut in 2006. It’s unclear whether for former face of women’s MMA can make the bantamweight division, or if she’ll be the first female featherweight signed by the organization.
Either way, according to White, she wants to fight. UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has expressed interest in a fight with Carano and would be willing to do it at a catchweight. Carano apparently wants a match-up with Rousey as well.
“There is no doubt about it, she wants to fight,” White said. “And she wants to fight Ronda.”