Gina Carano At Standstill With UFC Negotiations
The on-again, off-again talks between former Strikeforce champion Gina Carano and the UFC are currently at a standstill.
Carano was under a contract with Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, until June when her contract expired. She is now a free agent and had been discussing coming to the octagon with UFC president Dana White for several months now to fight the current women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
However, it seems as though White and Carano can not come to an agreement. Carano’s management apparently pushed for a big payday for her UFC debut. The request was seemingly so absurd that White has reportedly said that he no longer interested in her services.
Gina’s last fight was nearly five years ago when she lost her title to Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. Since then, Carano has been focusing on a career in films and television, but had revealed that she would be open to returning to MMA.
There are some fighters who feel that it makes no sense for Carano to be able to come to the UFC to fight Rousey after she has been out for so long. Miesha Tate was one of the current UFC fighters that voiced their opinions on the situation.
“I really feel that it’s just kind of a joke,” Tate told MMA Junkie Radio. “It really is. Gina was a great fighter, and she’s a beautiful women. Ronda is a great fighter, and she’s an attractive girl. But to say that Gina should be able to come in after five years of nothing and take on arguably the best female fighter ever? Come on.”
“If Gina is serious about making a comeback, then I think I would be the perfect person for her to step in to fight against,” Tate added. “I’m not the champion, and it makes kind of a mockery of women’s MMA to have her come in and fight the champion. “If she can beat me, I’ll wish her well on her way to the title, and I’ll definitely be rooting for her.”
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