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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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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Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Ronda Rousey: ‘I don’t know who he is’ (Video)

Ronda-RouseyFloyd Mayweather Jr. and Ronda Rousey will never fight each other, which is probably for the best. For starters, one is a male and the other is a female. They also compete in very different sports, so someone would probably get hurt. But don’t worry, Mayweather has no idea who Rousey is, anyway.

On Tuesday, USA Today’s Bob Velin jokingly asked Mayweather how he thinks Rousey would do in a fight against him.

“Actually, I don’t know who he is,” Mayweather said while shrugging.

If Floyd was messing around he did a great job of selling it. He legitimately looked confused, though it is hard to believe that anyone who fights for a living has not heard of the most popular female fighter in the UFC. Maybe that was just Mayweather’s way of fluffing off people like Joe Rogan who say Rousey could take him.

Either way, that reaction was pretty damn funny.

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Ronda Rousey broke her thumb on Alexis Davis’ face

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey absolutely dominated Alexis Davis to successfully defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title on Saturday night. The entire fight lasted just 16 seconds. Believe it or not, that was long enough for Rousey to suffer a significant injury.

Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports that Rousey will be out for over two months due to a broken thumb she suffered against Davis. Considering the fight only consisted of a punch, a knee, a hip toss and multiple punches to the head, we have to assume Rousey literally broke her hand on Davis’ face.

You would expect Rousey to have escaped the bout unscathed when the fight was called after 16 seconds. That just goes to show you that anything can happen in a short amount of time.

Joe Rogan asked Ronda Rousey about UFC 176 and Dana White is ticked (Video)

Joe Rogan was urged by people in a production truck to ask Ronda Rousey after her victory at UFC 175 whether she would be able to fight in UFC 176 next month, and Dana White was fuming over the line of questioning.

UFC 176 is scheduled to take place on Aug. 2 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and was originally set to be headlined by a rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. Aldo just pulled out of the fight with an injury, leaving a void with in the main event. Apparently someone from UFC’s production team told Rogan to ask Rousey whether she could fight on the card considering her fight Saturday only lasted 16 seconds.

Rousey, who has always billed herself as a company woman, said she would fight if needed.

“If they needed me to step up, I would do it,” Rousey said after the fight. “I would appreciate the rest, but if they really needed me to do it, they know I would do it.”

Rousey revealed that she is scheduled to undergo a procedure on her knee. She also needed several stitches to close a gash near a knuckle on her right hand (photo below), so it’s not like she will be at 100 percent health.

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Ronda Rousey beats Alexis Davis in 16 seconds (Video)

Ronda Rousey is an absolute animal in the octagon.

Rousey successfully defended her UFC women’s bantamweight title with a 16-second win over Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on Saturday night. Rousey wiped out Davis so quickly that her walk to the ring took longer than the entire fight.

Rather than feeling ripped off that they only got 16 seconds of action from the co-main event, fans instead were amazed by the show of dominance.

Rousey caught Davis with a punch, knee, then did a judo hip toss, and finished her off with multiple punches to the head before the fight was called. She attacked Davis like a starved lion going after a hunk of meat.

Many from the sports world loved the show:

From the moment she walked out of the tunnel and entered the octagon, Rousey looked focused, determined, and like all she wanted to do was destroy Davis:

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Here’s another look at the highlights:

Alexis Davis was so disoriented after the fight was called off she wrestled the referee.

Ronda Rousey’s sister Jennifer got married and she couldn’t enjoy it

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey likes to be completely focused on her upcoming fight as she prepares for an opponent. She does not like distractions and has even tried to curtail her budding movie career while preparing for fights.

Because of her focus, Rousey could not even completely enjoy her sister’s wedding last weekend.

Rousey will face Alexis Davis on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and try to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title for the third time since late December. Rousey has been in Vegas for a week because her sister, Jennifer Rousey, conveniently got married there.

Unfortunately, Ronda says her focus wasn’t on her sister’s marriage.

“My sister is getting married, and the whole day I’m going to be thinking about beating Alexis,” Rousey said last week. “Anything that comes up that should make me super-excited, I really do not have the capacity to enjoy until I beat Alexis.”

Despite what she said about only thinking about Alexis, Rousey still found time to make an Instagram post about her sister.

“Congrats to my beautiful big sister and the man lucky enough to be her husband – never had so much fun at a wedding #HawaiianElvisAllDay #MatromonyRouseyStyle,” Rousey wrote on Instagram.

Aapparently she did mix in some fun despite her focus.

Rousey seemed to have a lot going on before her fight with Sara McMann in February, but she still won that fight with an early first-round TKO. It was her first time winning a fight by something other than an armbar, which is a sign that her all-around game is dangerous.

If Rousey is able to win fights even when she has some distractions in camp, imagine what she’ll do against Davis with very few distractions. Shoot, not even Hawaiian Elvis can throw her off her game.