Report: Dana White to Meet With Gina Carano Next Week in Los Angeles

July 12, 2014
22 Comments

GinaCaranoSF0409_7478-460x270Fresh 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.”

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  • Joe Dog

    Good luck as a fighter. She’s plenty good looking and for that reason might sell a fight or two for Uncle Dana, et al, but I can’t imagine her as a top level competitor. She looks like she’s running around at 160+. “Soft” is a word that comes to mind.

    • Brian Furlano

      Don’t know her current exact weight, but I wouldn’t say soft. She does maintain an athletic level above most woman. She always made weight when she fought at 145 unlike Cyborg who missed weight several times at 145. With the right training crew I think Gina could make 135. Whether she has the drive to be a fighter again is another story.

      • Joe Dog

        “An athletic level above most women”. Jesus, let’s hope so. There is discussion that she could face Rousey, the most driven, dedicated, skilled and gifted female fighter in the history of mma. Such a match is more of a sideshow than anything. Serious mma fight fans should be appalled.

        • Brian Furlano

          I’m just saying that her big weight people are claiming doesn’t mean she is fat and out of shape. Could she take Ronda That’s the big question and I would say no. I doubt she faces Ronda right away. I think Dana would have make a debut against someone else. Maybe Holly Holm.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Carano/Holm would only happen after they both lose to Ronda. WMMA is a cash train right now, nothing legit.

  • James Hoke

    When thinking of Gina soft isn’t the word I’d use.

    • Joe Dog

      Chuckle.

    • Dee

      you win the internet

  • bajafox

    “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.”

    Anyone else still think she’s not dodging Cyborg? What more proof do you need than this statement right here?

    • Brian Furlano

      You fail to mention that Cyborg stated in 2006 that she’d drop down to 135 to fight Misha Tate. But now Cyborg demands that Ronda move up. Give me a freaking break. She wants to fight Ronda so bad then step up to the plate and drop the weight. Also you know perfectly well that Ronda like all other UFC fighters are under an exclusive contract with the UFC she can’t fight out of the organization. So once again it falls into Cyborg’s lap. Cyborg wants to fight Ronda so bad then by all means she needs to do what it takes to get signed by the UFC…..oh wait she was signed, but walked away.

      • bajafox

        WTF does 2006 have to do with 2014 events?

        The fact is, Ronda will fight anyone at a catch wait TODAY besides Cyborg. In my book, and anyone elses who uses logic rather than bias, means she is scared.

        • Brian Furlano

          Has a lot to do with it today. If she had no problem in 2006 then why a problem today. Also tell me who else Ronda has said she’d fight at a catchweight?

      • TRT-rex

        Cyborg actually makes her 135lb debut in December, for Invicta. Cyborg has been doing her part, Dana’s just making her jump through hoops. Cyborg isn’t making any demands. And anyone that thinks Ronda us scared is confused, she is a killer. She’s not scared, Dana is scared to lose his gem. He knows there is a good chance cyborg wins, and if that happens, UFC women division will become completely irelevent like it was in strikeforce

      • John Bunch

        I’m sorry…I couldn’t get past, “Blah, blah, blah…” No offense, but Baja quoted it perfectly…if she’ll do it for Gina…who fought Cyborg already, then why wouldn’t she do it for Cyborg, in order to give the fans what they want and make a boatload of money in the process?

  • dandogood

    Carano has a pretty face. Cyborg has no face. Most of the other females in the UFC are not watchable. Caranos movie career is terrible. Rousy destroys carano anyway so why fight?

    • John Bunch

      I can see that feminism ranks pretty high among your social issues priority list. So when you rank the importance of women on this planet, I’m assuming the SI Swimsuit issue is where you begin your list?

      • dandogood

        why not look at the pretty girls?? why would I want to see ugly broads rolling around punching their ugly mannish faces?

        • Lucas Freire

          Makes me wonder why you watch male MMA then…lol
          You(should) watch a fight to see fighters, not Victoria Secret models.

  • jim b

    Im almost positive Dana has stated in the past that carano has told him she can make 135 easy now with proper nutrition etc.

  • dandogood

    Carano is as big as melissa Mccarthy on screen. Cararo looks 230lbs on screen. Cowrano hasn’t much going on movie wise might as well do porn or fight in the UFC.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Sure, bring her back, but she has to earn a title shot like everyone else. She won’t get one win.

  • dandogood

    Carano got humiliated and KO’d and disappeared. carano made her rep beating on smaller girls missing weight and looking huge against inferior opposition and weak opponents. Cyborg exposed Carano as a fraud. which was great to see. Carano has no MMA skills just a huge frame. Cowrano ain’t coming back ever.