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Dana White ‘very confident’ Gina Carano wants to fight in UFC

Gina CaranoIt has been rumored for months that Gina Carano will take a break from the big screen and return to the octagon, and UFC boss Dana White seems very optimistic that it will happen. White spoke with Heidi Androl of FOX Sports earlier this week about his meeting with Carano, and here’s what he had to say.

“Gina and I had a good meeting,” White said. “I’m very confident that she does want to come back and she does want to fight. We do not have a deal but we might [soon].”

The popular speculation has been that Carano will return to fight undefeated women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. White has steered clear of denying or confirming those rumors, but he did say that Carano wants to return for a shot at the championship belt.

“She wants to fight whoever the champion is,” White said.

Carano hasn’t fought since Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino beat her back in 2009. She is now 31, and fighting Rousey after taking several years off would be a tall order. A rematch with Cyborg seems more likely for Carano, though a fight against Rousey would bring in a ton of money and create plenty of buzz. If White wants it to happen, it will happen.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Gina Carano to meet with Dana White about her UFC future

Gina CaranoGina Carano has been the subject of multiple rumors that she may be returning to the UFC, and now it sounds like a comeback could be in the cards.

During an interview with Arsenio Hall Thursday to promote her new movie “In the Blood” which comes out Friday, Carano said she is “kinda considering” fighting in the UFC and plans to meet with Dana White next week to discuss her future, MMA Fighting reports.

“I love it,” Carano said about fighting. “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.”

Hearing this from Carano is not that surprising considering she said recently that she is “very open” to an MMA return. But just the fact that she is meeting with White next week is a good sign for those clamoring to see her fight again.

Ronda Rousey has expressed interest in facing her. That would be a great one, though Gina would definitely need a tune-up fight first.

But you know what’s another interesting aspect of all this recent buzz? The timing.

Anyone else find it funny that there’s suddenly all this talk about Carano making a return to the Octagon right around when her movie’s due out? Is this coincidental, or was it a joint effort from the UFC and the movie? The timing is definitely very convenient.

While on Arsenio Hall, Carano also did this fun game where she had to guess whether a word was a cocktail or fighting term. Fun stuff:

Gina Carano ‘very open’ to MMA return

Gina CaranoGina Carano has not had a professional MMA fight since 2009, but the former Strikeforce and EliteXC fighter says she would be “very open” to a return to the sport.

Carano has been the subject of rumors over the past month that she could fight Ronda Rousey. Rousey addressed the rumors by saying that Carano is the only person she would move up in weight to fight.

In an interview with FOX Sports’ Damon Martin, Carano addressed her potential return to MMA by saying she’s “very open to it.”

“I don’t mind it at all. I’ve never retired. I’ve never officially said that,” Carano told Martin. “For some reason a part of me has always kept it open. I don’t know, there’s a certain part of me that thinks if circumstances were right, and I could keep doing what I’m trying to make my future into, that’s an ideal world. If circumstances were right, you never know. I’m very open to it.”

Carano emphasized that the circumstances would have to be right for her to return, but she said there’s been talks going on. This quote in particular seems to hint at a fight with Rousey.

“I feel like I can’t say too much. I’ve got all this information that if I could just speak freely, this is actually what’s going on,” Carano teased. “I wish I could open up my mind and tell you exactly the things that I’ve seen and the conversations that I’ve had, but I think to sum it up in a nice, safe way for me is if circumstances were right, and if it’s a good enough circumstance (I would come back) because my first love is MMA.”

What could be a better circumstance than a fight with Rousey? I really hope that Carano isn’t delusional enough to think she could step back into the octagon and take on Rousey, but if she wants to make a return, that would be a very cool matchup after she wins a tune-up fight.

Ronda Rousey would move up to 145 to fight Gina Carano

Ronda RouseyRumors have been floating about a potential Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano fight ever since UFC commentator Joe Rogan went on the radio and teased a big announcement involving Rousey.

While we have no idea if Carano, who last fought in 2009 before pursuing an acting career, would have any interest in returning to the fight game, we do know that Rousey would be willing to make a special weight concession for Carano that she would not make for anyone else.

“To fight her would be a real honor and I think that’d be a milestone for the sport. But, I mean, you can’t fight for anyone but yourself. I wouldn’t want her to fight for any other reason than if she wants to fight. It’s a personal decision for everyone,” Rousey said Friday in Dallas via MMA Fighting.com.

“There are exceptions that I would make for Gina that I wouldn’t make for anyone else,” Rousey said.

The implication is that she would move up to 145 to fight Carano. Rousey normally fights at 135 and has said that she would not go to 145 even to fight Cristiane Justos, who is coming off a steroids suspension and considered to be the top other women’s fighter.

If Rousey does not end up fighting Carano, a possible match with Cyborg looms. Cyborg has been dying for the fight and even cut ties with former manager Tito Ortiz in order to increase the likelihood of a match happening; UFC boss Dana White does not get along with Ortiz, so his involvement with Cyborg was an impediment.

The other strong possibility for Rousey’s next fight would be Cat Zingano. Rousey was originally slated to face Zingano, but Cat injured her knee and had to pull out of their fight. Instead, a rematch between Rousey and Miesha Tate was arranged. Zingano had previously beaten Tate to earn the shot at Rousey, so most believe she would give Rousey more of a challenge.

White has recently said that Rousey will not be fighting again until the fall.

Dana White doesn’t deny Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano rumor

Ronda Rousey

UFC commentator Joe Rogan started some ferocious speculation earlier this week when he teased a big announcement regarding Ronda Rousey’s next opponent. He said the announcement about Rousey and women’s fighting is “going to be crazy” when it is made. That has led many to assume Rousey is either going to fight Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino or Gina Carano.

According to MMA Fighting, UFC boss Dana White was given a chance to throw water on the Carano fire Wednesday and chose not to.

“Where did that come from!?” White reportedly told UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani. “LOL.”

In other words, he could have come out and denied it but chose not to. Does that mean that Carano, who is 31 and hasn’t fought since Cyborg beat her in August 2009, is actually going to fight the undefeated Rousey? Probably not.

As LB mentioned before, Cyborg seems like the more likely opponent for Rousey. She has made it known that she wants to fight Rousey on numerous occasions. The only question is what weight the two would fight at, since Rousey fights at 135 and Cyborg fights at 145.

If there’s one thing we know about White it’s that he’s a great promoter. Having the MMA world buzz about anything — even if it’s a Rousey-Carano fight that will never happen — is always a good thing.

Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano had a fantastic rack

Gina CaranoESPN The Magazine released its “Body Issue” this week, which features numerous athletes posing nude. Female MMA fighter Miesha Tate was one of the athletes who posed for the magazine, following the lead of nemesis Ronda Rousey, who posed the previous year. In a companion piece for the Body Issue, Amanda Hess wrote an interesting article about how breasts impact female athletes.

[Photos: Miesha Tate poses nude in Body Issue]

Hess says a typical A-cup boob weighs 0.43 pounds, and that a woman with D-cup breasts could be carrying around four extra pounds compared to someone with smaller breasts. The extra weight can cause neck and back pain, among other problems. Some female athletes get breast reductions to reduce the interference caused by their chest.

For the article, Rousey described the difficulties of fighting and grappling in the octagon while worrying about keeping her breasts covered. She had a particularly tough time concealing her breasts while struggling with Liz Carmouche in her last fight because of a wardrobe issue. Rousey also offered some pretty interesting quotes on the matter, specifically saying that large breasts are not very common among elite female athletes.

“Gina Carano was an amazing fighter, and she had a fantastic rack,” Rousey told ESPNW, but “You don’t see big titties in the Olympics, and I think that’s for a reason.”

Carano, 31, went 12-1-1 in her Muay Thai career, and 7-1 in MMA. Carano lost to Cyborg Santos in 2009 for her lone MMA loss and has not returned to the cage since. Instead, she has pursued an acting career and has acted in movies like “Fast & Furious 6″ and “Haywire.”

Carano became extremely popular because of a combination of her good looks and excellent fighting abilities. Rousey has taken over her spot as the face of women’s MMA.

Rousey’s point about not seeing many large-breasted women in the Olympics is probably accurate. Elite athletes who are curvy like Carano or Serena Williams seem to be rare.

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Gina Carano goes public with new boyfriend Henry Cavill

Gina-Carano-Henry-CavillGina Carano is rumored to have been dating actor Henry Cavill for four months, and the couple went public for the first time on Thursday night. The former face of female MMA walked arm-in-arm with Cavill, who plays Superman in the upcoming movie “Man of Steel,” down the red carpet at the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards.

This is the same Carano that once described fighting as being similar to sex, so we hope Cavill is doing his best to stay safe in the bedroom. The 30-year-old Carano has made the transition from fighting to the film industry with roles in movies such as “Fast and Furious 6″ and “Haywire.” Cavill reportedly split from his long-term fiancee Ellen Whitaker back in August and began dating Carano shortly thereafter.

Superman and one of the best female fighters of our generation making it official? Talk about giving new meaning to the term power couple.