Oh, I can just hear the keyboard warriors’ cries as I’m typing this…
Before Friday’s UFC 171 weigh-ins, reigning UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) said she would make the exception to fight Gina Carano in a catchweight contest, but nobody else.
“For Gina, there are exceptions that I would make for Gina that I wouldn’t for anyone else,” Rousey said of battling the former face of women’s MMA in a non-bantamweight affair.
Justino, the only female fighter walking the face of the earth who many believe can beat Rousey, has long requested a tango against Rousey at 145 pounds because the Brazilian would have significant issues shedding the 10 pounds required to compete at bantamweight. UFC president Dana White has said the promotion currently only offers the 135-pound division for women (115-pounders are on deck) and it would make no sense for Rousey to fight anywhere but at 135 pounds.
Most believe White is hiding behind that excuse to protect his golden girl from Justino in order to keep his biggest mainstream star undefeated. Rousey’s comments today will only fuel that fire.
Of course, this may be much ado about nothing because Carano ending her five-year MMA hiatus is merely rumor at this point. But if it does come to fruition, Rousey would be more than happy to welcome Carano back to the cage.
“I would love that,” Rousey said of fighting Carano. “I’ve always said that. I never would have thought women’s MMA existed if I hadn’t seen her fight. I never knew there was such a thing until her. And to fight her would be a real honor, and I think it would be a milestone for the sport.
“I’m excited and hopeful for something like that. I think it would be huge for women’s MMA, but like I said earlier, I don’t believe it until I sign it. Gina was going to come back before and it didn’t work out. My hopes are up, but they are also not. We’ll see. Any decision she makes I will respect.”
Expect for Justino to fire off a tweet shortly about Rousey’s willingness to fight Carano at a catchweight, but not her. In addition, anticipate the post will be followed by #WhateverPortugueseIsForDucking.