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- Updated: April 9, 2014
UFC President Dana White met with former women’s MMA star Gina Carano earlier Wednesday, and it’s no secret why the two parties are talking.
While current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey brought women into the top MMA promotion league, it was Carano, along with a select few other fighters, who put the sport on the map for women. Now, the UFC has their eyes set on perhaps the biggest money fight in history by bringing back the longtime veteran to face the biggest star the sport has seen thus far.
Should Carano decide to return to fighting after a seven-year hiatus, both White and Rousey are ready to give her an immediate title shot. But should the UFC reconsider their current motive and title picture in the women’s bantamweight division?
There’s no doubt a fight between Rousey and Carano will catch the headlines frequently. A fight that features the old school veteran of women’s MMA in Carano against the young, rising star and former judoku in Rousey. With the fact that Rousey may be the top pay-per-view selling fighter in the UFC today, adding the history of Carano to the fight will only bring plenty more of people to purchase and watch.
Both Carano and Rousey are prominent in the spotlight these days. The two have each been cast in feature motion pictures, and you can regularly find them on your television or radio as well. Let’s not also leave out the obvious that these ladies are both beautiful and tough, which will draw to many fans and the media.
However, there could be some potential issues by giving Carano an immediate title shot. The first is obvious in that she has not fought in the last seven years, and it seems unclear whether she will still be able to fight at the premiere level she did back in her prime. In addition, White has said he will not have Carano and Rousey fight at a catchweight, meaning she must make 135 pounds, where she has only fought once in her career.
The main issue that could arise with Carano versus Rousey is the message it will send to the current fighters in the division. There are at least two current fighters in the UFC with a legitimate case to fight for the title. Alexis Davis is 3-0 in the octagon with the promotion league, including wins over Rosi Sexton, Liz Carmouche (who gave Rousey her first scare in her MMA career), and Jessica Eye. Cat Zingano earned a title shot with Rousey after beating Miesha Tate in her UFC debut, but injury delayed her opportunity. All ready being passed up twice for other fighters, a third time being passed up would hut her stock significantly.
The final issue arising is the fact that there is another fighter who wants to come out of retirement and earn an immediate title shot but will most likely not happen. Nick Diaz retired after UFC 158, but would come back to the UFC and face Johny Hendricks for the welterweight title. White does not appear to want to fufill the wish of Diaz, though he comes off very interested in Carano coming out of retirement to earn a title shot. Some mixed messages maybe getting passed on by the current moves.
But when its all said and done, it’s Carano’s title shot for the taking, and the UFC world now waits to see if the fight will go down.
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