Carano last fought in 2009 (Photo by Zire McCants, Sherdog.com).
Report by Resolution Sports
As he was leaving his customary post-press conference media scrum on Saturday night in London, the topic of Gina Carano was presented to UFC boss Dana White. The original face of women’s MMA has become more frequent in conversations as of late, due to the quickly evaporating list of possible opponents who could present a significant challenge to current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.
“Never once did I say Gina was coming back. It’s some rumor that got started,” White said when questioned about the return of Carano to MMA. “Gina’s under contract – and by the way, I didn’t know how many fights she had – She’s got four fights left on her Strikeforce contract. I’ve never even really talked to Gina Carano. I don’t really know her that well. I met her at a fight one time. She’s sweet, she’s beautiful, I like her. That’s it.”
Strikeforce has since been bought out by Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the UFC. The 31-year-old Carano last fought in 2009 when she faced Cris “Cyborg” Justino (formerly Santos), who is the only fighter truly considered to be a legitimate threat at Rousey’s belt. Justino handed Carano her lone professional defeat that night via first round TKO in a fight that was for the inaugural Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Championship. She successfully defended that title three times before being stripped of the belt after testing positive for banned steroid stanozolol in December of 2011. She returned to fighting last June when she made her debut performance for women’s MMA organization, Invicta Fighting Championships, stopping Fiona Muxlow in the opening frame. In her last bout, Justino defeated Marloes Coenen via fourth round TKO to become the first-ever Invicta FC Featherweight Champion.
Carano has gone onto a career in Hollywood since she stopped competing in MMA, something in which Rousey has also begun to dabble. In fact, the former Olympic Judokan is not slated to defend her belt again until the late summer so she can pursue some acting opportunities.