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Gina Carano to film two more movies by end of year

Gina CaranoLooks like we can kiss goodbye to the Gina Carano-Ronda Rousey fight the UFC has been talking about the past several months.

Though UFC boss Dana White spent the past few months saying he will have Carano signed to the promotion, he hasn’t delivered. Instead, Carano has plans to film two more movies this year.

Carano’s manager Scott Karp told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that Gina will be filming “Bus 657″ with Robert DeNiro in October, and a second movie in December.

Carano last fought in 2009 under the Strikeforce banner. She is interested in a return to MMA and Rousey wants to fight her, but Carano and the UFC have not agreed on any deals.

[Related: Rousey says Carano would be a difficult matchup for her]

After losing to Cyborg Justino in 2009, Carano began a career as an actress. She has appeared in “Blood and Bone,” “Haywire,” “Fast & Furious 6,” and “In the Blood” since launching her movie career. Her plans to appear in two more movies this year doesn’t mean she won’t fight Rousey at some point, it just means the fight won’t happen late this year/early next year the way White planned.

Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano is worst style matchup for me

Gina CaranoMost fans, pundits and observers feel like Gina Carano would hardly present a challenge to Ronda Rousey were the two to meet in the octagon. Rousey feels otherwise.

There has been a lot of talk about the two women squaring off against each other in a fight even though Carano hasn’t fought since 2009 and isn’t even part of the UFC. UFC boss Dana White is working on signing Carano, who is said to have interest in fighting.

Rousey maintains that Carano would present a huge challenge for her.

“Gina is the worst style matchup for me possible,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “She’s the only girl that I feel like has the best feeling and the best sense of distance.

“There are very few women that have had one-punch knockout power. There are other girls that they overwhelm the other person. They get TKOs and stuff like that. But Gina has one-punch knockout power, and that’s the kind of person that I have to be the most cautious of. That’s the style that’s the worst for me, and ever since the beginning, I’ve been positive that Gina is the worst style matchup for me.”

Well, when you put it that way, anyone who has one-punch knockout power poses a threat as an opponent. But as much as Rousey has been dominating and as long as Carano has been out of the game, the chance of Gina landing against Rousey is very small.

Rousey also has her eye on the UFC 182 card on Jan. 3. She says she wants to co-headline with Jon Jones, who will be facing Daniel Cormier on that card. White initially said they would fight in December if Carano signed with the organization, but that was over a month ago.

[Also see - Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano had a fantastic rack]

Is that because Carano would need more time to prepare for the fight? Rousey believes Gina already is ready.

“She’s already been training for months and months and months. I think she’s already started quite a while ago, and she only has me in mind, and so I expect that she’s going to be extremely prepared and a very dangerous opponent despite what other people would like to speculate.”

[Related - Miesha Tate: Gina Carano fighting Ronda Rousey is a joke]

Even if Carano has been training — and we agree she probably has — training and fighting are two different things. Carano hasn’t had a fight in five years. Ring rust is a legitimate issue. Carano will definitely be battling that if she does agree to fight Rousey.

Gina Carano has not signed with Bellator MMA

Gina Carano

Sorry to spoil all the fun from the rumor mill, but Gina Carano has not signed with Bellator MMA contrary to what some wild rumors suggested on Monday, though she is negotiating with the company.

The rumor mill kicked into high gear after former Bellator fighter Brian Rogers tweeted the following:

MMA manager Hector Castro also had this to say:

Though nothing concrete about Carano has been established, Coenen did hint at some big news with this tweet:

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani then reported on Tuesday that Bellator is exploring adding a women’s division and that they are negotiating with Carano.

Though Carano may be negotiating with Bellator, I can’t imagine she would actually sign with them. Carano doesn’t need a fight career. The only fight she’d return for is one with Ronda Rousey, and that would be in the UFC. She wouldn’t come back to sign with Bellator, but she could be using this as leverage for talks with the UFC. UFC boss expressed confidence in signing Carano, but he said last month that the negotiations are “complicated.”

Dana White on Gina Carano contract talks: ‘It’s complicated’

Gina Carano

Dana White just changed the UFC’s relationship status with Gina Carano to “it’s complicated.”

White said last week that he planned to have Carano signed to a contract by the end of the week. That obviously didn’t happen, but White remains positive about the situation.

“It’s complicated,” White said Saturday after the UFC on FOX 12 card in San Jose via Bloody Elbow. “I’m very positive about it, but it’s complicated. I’m still working on it. That’s all I can say. It’s complicated.”

Carano has not fought since losing to Cyborg Justino in 2009 to mark her first ever defeat. She went into the movie business after that and began starring in a number of action films, but she has expressed interest in returning to the octagon.

White said that if Carano were signed to the organization, she would be in line for a Dec. title fight against Ronda Rousey. Women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate has expressed her unhappiness with that possibility, while UFC newcomer Holly Holm believes Carano is deserving of the shot.

Holly Holm: Gina Carano has earned shot at Ronda Rousey

Gina CaranoGina Carano has not fought for over five years, but she will still get a title shot at Ronda Rousey upon signing with the UFC, company boss Dana White has said.

Many people feel like Carano is undeserving of a title shot because of her long layoff. Miesha Tate, who has lost to Rousey twice, is one of those people. I feel similarly and don’t think Carano should be fighting Rousey without winning one tuneup fight first.

Holly Holm, who recently signed with the UFC to provide more competition in the women’s bantamweight division, shared her thoughts on the matter and seems to be fine with Carano getting the shot at Rousey.

[Also see - Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano had a fantastic rack]

“Carano has been on the big show before, so she can handle the pressure,” Holm wrote in a chat on ESPN.com. “There are a lot of girls who have been working hard for a shot who might deserve it a little more than someone who has been out that long, but Carano has put a lot of time in before. She’s earned her spot in certain ways. Who am I to say Carano is undeserving of an opportunity? I’ll let the promoter make those decisions.”

That’s a pretty politically correct answer from Holm. She’s a new fighter in the organization and isn’t about to make enemies with White before she’s even had a fight. Even though she’s saying one thing, it seems that she still has some reservations, as she should. How can anyone expect Carano to hang with Rousey after over a five-year absence? Washington Wizards Michael Jordan thinks that will be a challenge.

Previously: Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey to fight in December if Carano signs

Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey to fight in December if Carano signs

Gina Carano

Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey will fight in December at UFC 181 in Las Vegas if Carano signs with the UFC, company boss Dana White said Friday in Ireland.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, the UFC has a meeting with Carano’s representatives on Monday. If the two sides are able to agree to a deal, Carano would be set to face Rousey on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay.

Carano (7-1) has not fought since losing to Cyborg in 2009. She won the first seven fights of her pro career, fighting mostly in the now-defunct EliteXC promotion.

After receiving attention for her fighting, Carano transitioned into movies and has appeared in seven films. She expressed an interest in returning to fighting amid rumors of a potential fight with Rousey.

While Carano was off making movies, Rousey’s MMA career was blossoming.

[Also see - Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano had a fantastic rack]

Rousey credits Carano for her interest in the sport, which began not too long ago. Following a career as an Olympian judoka, Rousey began doing MMA and had her first pro fight in 2011. She’s annihilated her competition going 10-0 in a little over three years in the sport, winning all but one of her fights in the first round.

While Rousey seems to only be getting better, Carano is returning to the octagon following a five-year absence. This doesn’t set up to be a good matchup for Carano, and we seriously doubt she’ll even be able to present a challenge.

[Related - Miesha Tate: Gina Carano fighting Ronda Rousey is a joke]

Still, Rousey wants this fight. Carano wants the fight. The UFC wants the fight. The fans will tune in to watch, regardless of how much of a mismatch it may be. I don’t think the fight is a good idea for Carano, but it will be an interest-generator and money-maker, and that’s what entertainment is all about.

Previously: Rousey says she would move up in weight to fight Carano

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Gina Carano in the UFC? Dana White says he will sign her next week

Gina CaranoNow that Ronda Rousey has run through all the competition in the UFC, organization boss Dana White is looking outside the promotion to bring in more potential opponents. During the week he announced the signing of boxer/kickboxer Holly Holm. Next week he plans to add Gina Carano to the roster.

“One down, one to go,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto of his plans to add challengers to Rousey. “I’m going to meet with Gina next week and get that f—ing thing done. Next week, man.

“It’s just a matter of me and Lorenzo going to jump on a plane to Los Angeles, get in a room with her and her lawyer and get this thing done.”

Carano (7-1) moved on to a movie career after losing to Cyborg Justino in 2009 and has not fought since then. White says Gina has an interest in fighting (Carano has said she’s interest in a return) and facing Rousey and that it’s just a matter of agreeing on a contract.

Though Carano’s ability to challenge Rousey is in question, there is little doubt about the drawing power of such a fight. Carano has become a movie star in the last five years and has received more attention since dating actor Henry Cavill. Rousey is one of the biggest stars in the UFC. The two of them fighting each other would generate all sorts of buzz and interest.

The only problem is that Carano might want to return for one fight and one fight only: Rousey. She doesn’t belong in the octagon with Rousey for her first fight back, but can she and the UFC risk her taking a loss in a tuneup fight? Probably not. The better fight is Rousey-Holm, while Rousey-Carano is the one that will sell the best.

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