Gina Carano, the original face of Women’s MMA, could make her return to fighting for the first time since 2009.
Corona (7-1) suffered her first MMA defeat to Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino (then Santos) three and a half years ago for the Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Title and has been absent from the cage ever since. However, it has emerged that UFC President Dana White is to meet with the 31 year old on a possibility of making her return to the sport and her debut inside the UFC Octagon.
Appearing on “The Arsenio Hall Show”, Carano openly talked about her current situation.
She said: “I love it. It’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn’t know if I was ever going to get placed with the opportunity to make a comeback. So I’m either going to do it now or retire and say, I’m never going to do it. So now is the moment.”
A return from Carano would be huge for both her and the UFC. Since her last fight, Carano has turned into a huge Hollywood actress. She played a major role in the film “Haywire”, starring alongside the likes of Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas. She also recently starred in “Fast and Furious 6”.
If she does return to MMA, it would be very much like when the UFC signed Brock Lesnar. Carano is a global superstar and a massive celebrity, so having her put pen to paper would be well worth it.
A fight with Women’s UFC Featherweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who is one of the companies main draws, could potentially pull PPV numbers similar to UFC 100 when WWE star and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar fought Frank Mir.
It would also be another step in the right direction for women’s combat sport, as UFC continues to make strides whilst boxing flounders behind on the subject.
This is excellent news for Dana White, and although he may have to pay Carano a lucrative contract, he must surely see this opportunity as one that is worthwhile.