For all of you holding your breath for the UFC women’s bantamweight showdown between current champ Ronda Rousey and former Strikeforce champion and women’s MMA pioneer Gina Carano, you might want to exhale.
That fight isn’t going to happen any time soon.
While UFC president Dana White has been working for several months to bring Carano into the fold and match her up with Rousey, he has also admitted “it’s complicated.”
It’s not just a matter of dollars and cents to lure Carano to the Octagon. She hasn’t fought in five years and has been busy making a name for herself in Hollywood. It’s primarily her acting career that will put any hopes of the marquee match-up with Rousey on the backburner.
The initial target was to possibly put Rousey vs. Carano alongside Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier on the UFC 182 fight card on Jan. 3 in Las Vegas.
Carano manager Scott Karp told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, however, that Carano is booked through the rest of this year making movies. According to Karp, she will be filming a movie called “Bus 657” with Robert DeNiro in October and then begins a second film in December, leaving her no time for a fight with Rousey this year or early next.
Rousey is currently recovering from a couple of surgeries, doing the promotional rounds for the UFC, and waiting to see what is in store for her next fight. She has still publicly broached the subject, wanting to fight at UFC 182, but for now, it’s a matter of finding a suitable challenger.
If the winner of Saturday’s UFC 178 fight between Cat Zingano and Amanda Nunes emerges unscathed, she could very well be Rousey’s next defense, although UFC officials have not declared as much.