Gina Carano (pictured), Holly Holm and Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the three biggest fantasy fights for UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, are not currently in the mix to join the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
Reporter Ariel Helwani confirmed on this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight” that UFC president Dana White is not presently in negotiations to sign any of the three stars.
Carano, who bolted for Hollywood after getting steamrolled by Justino in 2009, was a longshot to return to the cage. However, the rumor mill went wild earlier this month when UFC commentator Joe Rogan said the UFC would be making a “huge announcement” in the coming weeks regarding Rousey’s next opponent.
When it comes to Rousey, there are only two names that would be of the “huge” variety – Carano and Justino. White not only refused to kill the chatter, but doused more fuel onto the fire when he revealed last week that he went to his legal team to clarify the UFC had Carano’s rights when they acquired Strikeforce in 2011.
The UFC has Carano locked down for four more fights, just in case you were wondering.
The acquisition of Holm seemed to be a far greater possibility after White confirmed he was meeting with the former boxer and her team this past weekend. Apparently, those talks didn’t go well. According to Helwani, White was less than pleased with Holm’s manager – which is typically code for, they were demanding too much money.
So for now, it appears that Octagon door is slammed shut for Holm.
As far as Justino is concerned, nothing has changed on that front. White reiterated that he has not spoken to the Invicta featherweight champion, who said she plans on shedding the 10 pounds required to challenge Rousey for her hardware by December.
Top bantamweight contender Cat Zingano is currently the frontrunner to get next dibs at Rousey’s throne.