Gina Carano will meet with UFC President Dana White next week. | Zire McCants/Sherdog.com
Talk of a Gina Carano comeback just became a little more serious.
The former face of women’s mixed martial arts recently appeared on ”The Arsenio Hall Show,” indicating that she would meet next week with UFC President Dana White.
“I 100 percent do [miss fighting]. There’s not a workout I go through that I’m not fighting someone in my mind. It’s never gone away,” said Carano. “I’m actually sitting down with [White] next week.”
Carano made her mixed martial arts debut in 2006 and went on to compete for both EliteXC and Strikeforce, posting seven consecutive victories before suffering a first-round knockout at the hands of Cristiane Justino in August 2009.
Her defeat in that featherweight title confrontation was the last time Carano stepped inside the cage. During her four-plus years away from the sport, the 31-year-old started a film and television career, appearing in the likes of “Haywire” and “Fast and Furious 6.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship parent company Zuffa still holds the rights to Carano’s Strikeforce contract, meaning that if Carano did return to MMA, it would be inside the UFC Octagon.
“I love [MMA]. It’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn’t know if I was ever going to get placed with an opportunity to make a comeback,” said Carano. “So I’m either going to do it now, or I’m going to retire and say I’m never going to do it. Now is the moment, I feel.”