While most mixed martial arts fans were witnessing history Saturday night when Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche became the first females to compete in the UFC, many couldn’t help but wonder what could have been had Gina Carano (Pictured) decided to stick to the sport instead of gunning for the silver screen.
Following last night’s watershed event, UFC President Dana White was asked if he would now court Carano in an effort to arrange a super-fight with Rousey. White said he’s not about to go headhunting, but he would welcome “Conviction” back with open arms if that’s what she wanted to do.
“Gina’s a movie star,” White stated following UFC 157‘s post-fight press conference. “Gina’s out making movies. I actually like that she made it and that she went on and is doing movies, I like that, I like to see that happen. If Gina came back and said she wanted to fight again, we’d take her back.
“I’m not going to pursue her. She’s got her thing and I’m happy for her.”
Carano hasn’t been seen inside a cage since getting steamrolled by Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in the most anticipated female scrap in history on August 15, 2009. She teased fans with a return in June 2011, but had her “medical clearance revoked” for some unknown reason.
The 30-year-old hasn’t attempted another comeback since.
“She hasn’t told me, but I’ve heard that she said that she would be interested in coming back,” White added. “And I’m not gonna push her, I like her being a movie star. That’s pretty cool. But if she wants to come back, I wouldn’t say no to her, either.”
Carano, who owns a 7-1 professional MMA record, admired Saturday’s scrap from afar.
“Can’t stop smiling,” Carano tweeted. “Have a great fight tonight. @RondaRousey @iamgirlrilla #MakingHistory @danawhite ;)”
Carano is set to star in “In the Blood” and “Fast & Furious 6.”