Gina Carano on Ronda Rousey Fight Possibility: “It Could Happen”

Gina Carano
Gina Carano Credit: Dave Mandel/

The women’s MMA super-fight that never came to be could still happen, according to fighter-turned-actor Gina Carano.

Carano (7-1), arguably the first superstar on the female side of the sport, has not competed in the cage since 2009. These days, she’s better known for roles in Deadpool, The Mandalorian, and most recently, Terror on the Prairie.

There was a time, however, when a showdown with former Strikeforce and then-UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was mulled. That was back in 2014, though for various reasons, the match-up eventually fell through.

Recently Rousey, herself retired from the sport and currently competing in pro wrestling promotion WWE, suggested that the one fight she might be lured back to the octagon for was one with Carano.

It seems Carano is open to the idea as well.

“You know what? Just never put it past me,” Carano told FOX News recently when asked if she’d consider fighting Rousey. “It could happen. It would be like, you know, six months from now, because I have a lot of stuff I need to do. But my fight really is with I really want to create, I want to direct, I want to produce, I want to give Ronda Rousey a job in one of my movies, so maybe there is something we can do there.”

Rousey (12-2) last fought in 2016 at UFC 207, in a failed bid to regain her title against Amanda Nunes. It was the second straight defeat for “Rowdy,” who all but vanished from the spotlight after losing her belt to Holly Holm at UFC 193 just over a year earlier.

Carano went 7-0 to start her career, but retired after a loss to Cris Cyborg, for the inaugural Strikeforce women’s featherweight championship.


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