- Ronda Rousey revealed there is one matchup that would get her to fight again.
- The former UFC champion said she would come back to fight Gina Carano.
- Carano, surprisingly, responded that she wouldn’t rule it out.
Earlier this month, 35-year-old Ronda Rousey admitted that there is one fight that would get her to return to mixed martial arts: Gina Carano.
“There’s only one person. There’s only one person I would come back for,” said Rousey. “I mean, I’ve said it a million times, for Gina, man. Gina Carano, she’s the reason why I got into fighting, she’s the reason why I knew it was a possibility. I will always be forever grateful.”
Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano’s MMA careers, sadly, for fans, did not overlap, so the fight never happened.
Rousey fought from 2010 to 2016, while Carano was active professionally from 2006 to 2009.
“If she wanted to come into my backyard and do the Rocky thing, you know, ‘ding-ding’ and we just do it in the backyard, I don’t care,” Rousey added. “I will fight Gina wherever she wants and if she doesn’t want to, forever, leave that offer there. It’s a respect thing, not like a, ‘F— you. I’m coming to get you.’ It’s just like, ‘Hey, if you ever wanna pull that card out, it’s there. I love her. Thank you, Gina, for everything you’ve done.”
Carano was the first female mixed martial artist to truly capture the public’s attention after going 12–1–1 in Muay Thai and then 7-0 in mixed martial arts.
This week, Carano was asked about Ronda Rousey’s standing offer and surprisingly, the 40-year-old fighter turned actor said she wouldn’t rule it out.
“You know what? Just never put it past me,” Carano said. “It could happen. It would be six months from now because I have a lot of stuff I need to do.”
— Unfiltered with Dan Bongino (@UnfilteredOnFox) June 26, 2022
Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey back in the day would have broken pay-per-view records
Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg were the first women to headline a major MMA event: Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg. Strikeforce even created their first Women’s Championship just for that matchup.
Rousey later became the final Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and ended up holding the record for most UFC title defenses by a female before losing her final two fights to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
In September of 2014, Gina Carano was in negotiations to fight against then UFC champion Rousey in December, but it ended up not happening. No specific reason was given, but Carano later revealed that she was “stoked” to get the right, but balked after UFC President Dana White deceived her.
“…the next day, Dana was out there talking about me and talking about my name and telling people that he was going to sign me and I don’t even have a team yet,” she recalled. “And I was like, that is not what we discussed. You were supposed to give me at least six months to find a team. Then he started to put on the pressure in the media. It was a bummer because I told him over a text message that it was not what we had talked about.”
Carano also admitted that she had hoped to become the first woman fighter signed by the UFC, but it was “a dream that didn’t get to happen. But, I was able to open up doors for women to be able to walk into gyms and it could be easier. And I will always cherish that.”
MMA fans, many of whom wanted this fight to happen ten or so years ago, were fired up that Carano didn’t shoot down the idea.
And it will sell more PPVs than any current fight (male or female) that the UFC can make right now.— Froggy Bobo BingBing (@Sunkist1207) June 28, 2022
It was very obvious that Gina was back in Dana’s good books when she turned up at a recent PPV.
Must see TV— Special K. (@the_legit_shag) June 28, 2022
Ronda Rousey vs Gina Carano at WrestleMania Hollywood next year would be better than MMA fight.— Raj Mukherjee (@rajmuker) June 26, 2022