Gina Carano confirmed all those rumors and hints that she might be coming back to MMA.
Carano appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” Thursday night and revealed that she is not only considering a return to MMA, but has a meeting scheduled next week with UFC president Dana White.
“I love it,” said Carano, of fighting. “It’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn’t know if I would get the opportunity to make a comeback.
“Either I will (make a comeback) now or retire. Now is the moment.”
The 31-year-old Carano (7-1) left the sport following a 2009 loss to Cris “Cyborg” Justino in Strikeforce. White recently revealed that there are still fights left on her contract that Zuffa purchased in the sale of Strikeforce a few years back.
“I’m actually considering (a return),” Carano said. “I’m sitting down with (White) next week. There is not a workout I go through that I am not fighting someone in my mind.”
Carano has launched herself into movies since leaving MMA, starring in such films as “Haywire,” “In the Blood,” and “Fast and Furious 6.”
UFC announcer Joe Rogan hinted at a possible “mega” female MMA match being announced soon, and most believed it involved Carano and UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The rumor mill only continued to turn when White revealed the promotion holds Carano’s fighting future in their hands.
Rousey has set a return to action for later this year, as she is also filming several movie roles.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will be back in action soon – just not inside the Octagon.
Instead, movie fans can catch GSP as Batroc in the latest installment of “Captain America: The Winter Solider.”
Courtesy of Marvel, check out a clip of St-Pierre doing battle with his most useful weapons – his hands and feet – in the video below.
The film premiers in North America Friday.
“UFC Tonight” co-host Kenny Florian feels like there is one super women’s MMA match that can be made right now.
Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey.
Reports of the two females squaring off have been circulating for quite some time now, and UFC president Dana White even threw some coal on the fire when he stated the promotion still holds the MMA contract of Carano’s dating back to her Strikeforce career.
Both are featured in several major-motion pictures, but Carano left the fighting world and has situated herself in Hollywood full time over the past few years.
Meanwhile, Rousey has propelled herself to the No. 1 spot and a position of power within the UFC.
“Both women are capitalizing on the success (of the other),” Florian said. “Rousey-Carano is the biggest women’s MMA fight you could make….period.”
Carano, 31 years old, has not fought since 2009 when she was finished by Cris Cyborg in Strikeforce. Prior to that, she had won each of her first seven professional bouts, including wins over Rosi Sexton, Julie Kedzie and Kaitlin Young.
Rousey’s been perfect in her career, topping the likes of Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman.
A new all-female promotion is coming to pay-per-view, and it might be better suited to air late, late, late at night.
And, as you guessed by the name of the league, the ladies of the cage are dressed only in lingerie.
At first, I thought this was just another “April Fool’s Day” joke, but it appears the promotion has an entire website and has been bringing in some notables from the Lingerie Football League – which is actually pretty popular, for some reason:)
Well, you can see a preview of the upcoming PPV in the video below, and feel free to roam around the website to see more of the “action.”
It might surprise you to hear that Diego Sanchez doesn’t believe he has taken a lot of damage during his long UFC career.
Sanchez, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, is coming off a second straight decision loss to Myles Jury this past March. He will return to action later this year at UFC Fight Night when he meets Ross Pearson.
Known for his ability to go all-out, Sanchez recently told FOXSports.com that, despite many gruesome battles that have left him a bloody mess, he doesn’t feel like much damage has been done to his brain.
“To be honest, I don’t feel like I’ve been hit very hard,” Sanchez said. “I took a couple of hard hits (at welterweight), and of course BJ (Penn) hit me hard, but aside from that, I think it’s more cuts than anything.
“I’m not taking a lot of damage. I’ve never felt foggy after a fight. I’ve never had a concussion in a fight and I’ve never been knocked out.”
With the recent mass study to determine brain damage inflicted on fighters and other athletes, “The Dream” doesn’t sound like he’s willing to help further the evidence.
“As far as taking all the trauma, no, that’s not the issue,” he said. “It’s the cuts.”
During his loss to Jury, Sanchez was cut immediately after taking a shot. He feels the amount of scar tissue used to repair his wounds is becoming a problem, and mentioned having surgery in the future.
“Taking the cuts that I am, I’m always battling the judges and it just hinders me,” Sanchez said. “I’m getting to that point in my career where that might be a better option for me.”
Since that infamous 2009 loss to Penn for the UFC lightweight title, each of the last seven fights Sanchez has had went to the scorecards. He is 3-4 during that time.