When UFC President Dana White said he was bringing back Gina Carano and wanted her to fight Ronda Rousey immediately for the title, there was an imaginary line immediately drawn in the sand. Those that wanted to see the fight given Carano’s legendary status, and those that thought the fight was pointless given Carano’s time away from the sport.
Randy Couture has chosen his side, and he believes it’s “silly” to give Carano an immediate title shot.
His words on The MMA Hour:
“I have not gotten a chance to talk to Gina and she hasn’t really reached out to new me regarding that situation. I think she’s as capable as any athlete that I’ve been around. Technically, it’s a very interesting matchup; she’s a very, very good striker. We’ve not really seen Ronda Rousey face a solid striker like Gina Carano. I think if Gina had an achilles heel, even when she was at her peak over five years ago, it was the grappling side of things. So, my sincere hope is that they give her a chance to get up to speed, get back into top fight shape and really kind of up her grappling technique and that side of her game. Then it would be an amazing fight. I think it’s silly, it’d be silly for Gina. I think Gina has way more to lose there than she has to gain in stepping right in to a title fight after being off and off the mats in training environment for five years. And frankly she’s done a great job in her movie career, I don’t know why she would want to do that. I think if they give her a chance to get her feet back under her and get back up to technical speed where she was, it woudl be a very interesting fight.”