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Dana White on Gina Carano Signing: ‘It’s Complicated’

Written by Tom Ngo
July 26th, 2014
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“Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?” Avril Lavigne asked in her 2002 smash hit. UFC president Dana White is singing the same tune about trying to sign Gina Carano (pictured).

During Saturday’s UFC on FOX 12 post-fight press conference, White revealed his mission to bring Carano to the UFC hasn’t necessarily failed, but there are significant roadblocks that he still hasn’t been able to hurdle.

“It’s complicated,” White stated. “I’m very positive about it, but it’s complicated. I’m still working on it.”

White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta met with Carano and her representatives in Los Angeles this past week, hellbent on leaving with a signed contract in tow. However, MMA’s head honchos were unable to seal the deal.

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 has been reported Carano is in the process of signing on for another movie and that might be one of the issues.

White would love nothing more than to arrange a Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano blockbuster. That scrap would be one of the largest, if not THE largest, pay-per-view shows in UFC history.

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.

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