White Says Carano Deserves Title Shot

April 10, 2014 6:50 pm by Brett Auten

The reality of Gina Carano facing Ronda Rousey is inching closer and closer to reality.

While Rousey told MMAJunkie that she thinks it would be the best fight for women’s MMA, White also said on Wednesday that Carano has a champion’s mentality.

White said that if the fight would happen, it would have to occur at 135 pounds. Carano made 135 once in her career and missed 140 pounds on multiple occasions.

“Last time I’ve seen her, have you seen her recently?” White told MMAJunkie. “She’s smaller, she said she’s walking around way lighter than she used to.”

White said there would be no catchweight bout. The UFC did something similar when then-welterweight champ Matt Hughes took on legend Royce Gracie in 2006.

“Royce doesn’t give a s— about titles and stuff like that,” White said. “He didn’t want time limits, rounds, or rules, completely different way of thinking. Royce didn’t give a s— about belts or anything like that. Royce just wanted to fight Matt Hughes. Big difference.

The UFC inherited Carano’s contract from Strikeforce.

“She’s going to come back when she wants to sign,” White said. “She’s the type of person like this one here (pointing at Rousey), she’s not coming back just because. She’s coming back because she wants the title.”

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