OK, no more horsing around. UFC president Dana White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta are boarding their private jet next week destined for Los Angeles to meet with Gina Carano (pictured).
White fully intends on leaving their chat with a signed contract in tow, just like he did two days ago by inking former boxer Holly Holm.
“One down, one to go,” White told ESPN.com. “I’m going to meet with Gina next week and get that f****** thing done. Next week, man.
“It’s just a matter of me and Lorenzo going to jump on a plane to Los Angeles, get in a room with her and her lawyer and get this thing done.”
White initially met with Carano and her team in April, but nothing materialized. White later claimed Carano’s Hollywood lawyer was a “pain” to negotiate with – which is typically code for demanding more money than what the UFC is willing to pay.
It was reported last month that contract talks with Carano had completely stalled. If that’s the case, White and Fertitta are breaking out their jumper cables to revive them this coming week.
After watching reigning UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey dispose of yet another victim, most recently plastering Alexis Davis at UFC 175 in merely 16 seconds, it’s clear Rousey needs some stiffer competition.
Carano hasn’t been seen in a mixed martial arts fight since getting steamrolled by Cris “Cyborg” 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 32-year-old owns a 7-1 professional MMA record.
Despite her extended hiatus from the cage, White is adamant that Carano isn’t merely pulling a publicity stunt.
“There is no doubt about it, she wants to fight,” White said of Carano. “And she wants to fight Ronda.”
We shall see…