The female former face of the sport told FOX Sports,
“I don’t mind it at all. I’ve never retired. I’ve never officially said that,” Carano said. “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.”
“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.
“When I was fighting, I feel kind of ancient sometimes, because I’m like oh my gosh that’s not the way it was! It was hard to walk in the gym and have another woman to train with and now it’s like they have groups of females that train together and there’s so many good females out there. They’ve all been really positive and I really appreciate Cris Cyborg saying that and Ronda saying that (they would like me to come back), it makes me feel really kind of warm,” Carano said about a potential return.
“I’m more of a fan of MMA now than I’ve ever been. I’m saying if the circumstance was right, I’d definitely consider it. If the circumstance were right.”
Carano hasn’t fought since her one and only career defeat back in 2009. To date, her fight against Cris Cyborg was one of the most watched MMA events in the sports history.