Move over, Fedor Emelianenko, because Gina Carano (pictured) has just surpassed you as “the hardest human being” the UFC has ever dealt with – this, according to UFC president Dana White.
Carano sent ripples throughout the MMA community in March when she discussed a possible comeback to mixed martial arts. White didn’t hesitate to arrange a meeting with Carano and her representatives to bring her on board.
White was initially optimistic that he could get a deal done. However, he became weary as the months passed without a signed contract.
In June, there were reports that talks with Carano had stalled. Fast forward three months and it appears negotiations have hit a complete stop – like Los Angeles traffic on the 405 during rush hour when there’s a stalled car in the center lane and an accident in the fast lane, kind of stop.
“The hardest human being we’ve ever dealt with and I didn’t see it coming,” White told FoxSports.com of Carano. “I don’t know, we’ll see how these things play out. Just incredibly difficult. We’ve dealt with (Brock) Lesnar, Tito (Ortiz), Chuck (Liddell) was f–king king of the world, Ronda Rousey, we’ve pretty much done deals with everyone on Earth and she is the hardest f–king athlete we have ever dealt with.
“The problem is she allows herself to be handled by these Hollywood f–king idiots. It’s absolutely crazy. We’ve had all the biggest superstars in the world. You’re talking about a girl who hasn’t fought in a while. Any time you deal with anyone in f–king Hollywood it’s a joke. It’s literally a joke, it’s comical. You feel like you’re in a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit. This can’t be f–king real. In dealing with her people, I don’t know if it can be done.”
Carano hasn’t been seen in an MMA 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.
UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, arguably the promotion’s biggest superstar, is the primary reason Carano is all of a sudden a hot commodity in MMA again. Pitting them together in the cage could score the UFC their biggest pay-per-view payday ever.
It’s just too bad Carano’s manager, and essentially her, are throwing up roadblocks.
“I’m going to tell you what Lorenzo (Fertitta) said to me — he said, ‘Whatever you do, if you want this fight to happen, do not talk to her manager,'” White said. “That’s what Lorenzo said to me. He said, ‘You will f–king go crazy, you will lose your mother—-ing mind. If you want this to happen, please don’t call this guy.’ A few days ago Lorenzo was like, ‘It’s probably time for you to call this guy.’ That’s how bad it’s been. I’ll leave it at that.”
Oh yeah, there are reports Carano signed on to film two Hollywood movies before the end of 2014. So, there’s that…
The 32-year-old owns a 7-1 professional MMA record.