Dana White: I'm Very Confident Gina Carano Is on Her Way Back

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  MMA Superstar Gina Carano is seen during the Workout/Media Day with Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano at the Legends Mixed Martial Arts Training Center on September 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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In order for the UFC to attract Gina Carano away from her ultra-successful Hollywood career, it's going to have to pull all the right strings.

First off, Carano needs to be compensated heavily. As one of the most popular names in the history of women's mixed martial arts, the 31-year-old carries weight that even the most dangerous fighters in the world don't possess.

So in that instance, her contract needs to be staggering.

Second, the UFC and Carano need to come to an agreement as to what she'll be able to do in a short period of time. It's highly unlikely that the former featherweight wants to climb the divisional rung, meaning an immediate title shot opposite undefeated champion Ronda Rousey would be the most plausible move.

But despite a variety of problems that could prolong a signing, UFC President Dana White is more than convinced that the movie star will make a fairly quick transition back to the fight game.

"Gina [Carano] and I had a good meeting," said White in an interview with Fox Sports following Wednesday's The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale (h/t MMA Underground). "I'm very confident that she does want to come back and she does want to fight."

White went on to say that no deal has been made thus far, but one could be finalized soon.

In any case, this is fantastic news for fight fans of any kind. Carano is a dynamic superstar who encompasses a skill set that is capable of giving Rousey a run for her money.

Assuming Carano does in fact want to get back into the sport that launched her career, there's no better place than the budding UFC women's bantamweight crop heap.


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