Apparently, there is some substance to this whole Gina Carano (pictured) returning to mixed martial arts thing. On Thursday night’s episode of “The Arsenio Hall Show,” Carano revealed she’s meeting with UFC president Dana White next week to discuss a potential comeback.
“I 100 percent do [miss fighting]. There’s not a workout that I go through that I’m not fighting somebody in my mind, and it’s never gone away,” Carano said of still having the itch to scrap. “Yeah, I’m actually kind of considering [returning to MMA].
“I love it. It’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it, and I just didn’t know if I was ever going to get placed with the opportunity to make a comeback. So I’m either going to do it now or retire and say, ‘OK, I’m never going to do it.’ So now is the moment, I feel.”
Actually, next week will be the moment when she sits down with White.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan set the MMA rumor mill on fire last month when he teased fans during a radio interview that he knew some “secret” stuff about UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey’s next opponent and that the UFC would be making a “huge announcement” in the coming weeks.
When it comes to Rousey, there are only two names that would be of the “huge” variety – Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Carano.
However, three weeks after Rogan’s interview White claimed he was not in negotiations with Carano.
MMA fans should have known better, as White admitted he went to his legal team to clarify that Carano is still under the Strikeforce contract she signed many moons ago. Therefore, the UFC has her locked down since they acquired Strikeforce in 2011.
Why would White talk to the UFC’s legal team about Carano if something wasn’t afoot, right?
Carano hasn’t been seen in a mixed martial arts fight since getting steamrolled by Justino in the most anticipated female scrap in history on August 15, 2009. “Conviction” immediately bolted for Hollywood and hasn’t been inside of a cage since.
The 31-year-old owns a 7-1 professional MMA record.