One of the pioneers of women's MMA, Gina Carano hasn't stepped foot in the cage since August 2009, so she realizes it's now or never if she plans on making a comeback. 

The 31-year-old fighter-turned-actress appeared on Thursday night's edition of The Arsenio Hall Show and revealed that she has never lost the passion to fight and is actually meeting with UFC President Dana White next week. This is what she told Hall, per MMA Fighting:

I love it. 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 the opportunity to make a comeback. So I'm either going to do it now or retire and say, I'm never going to do it. So now is the moment. ... There's not a workout that I go through that I'm not fighting somebody in my mind. And it's never gone away.

Carano again made headlines in the MMA community when rumors swirled on MMA Fighting that she would be signed by the UFC to fight Ronda Rousey this summer, later becoming the subject of a widely believed April Fool's joke

While there will be no "bikinis only, jello MMA match" on the horizon, it appears that the star of action flick In the Blood (in theaters Friday) is still interested in reaching the pinnacle of the sport.   

While Carano has never competed inside the Octagon, she is technically still under UFC contract since she competed under the Strikeforce banner, which was bought out by the UFC's parent company—Zuffa, LLC—in March 2011. 

Carano was 1-1 in Strikeforce, winning a unanimous decision over Elaina Maxwell in December 2006 and suffering a TKO at the hands of Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino in August 2009—the only loss of her career. 

Also worth mentioning is that Carano hasn't competed at bantamweight (135 pounds) since June 2006 and has competed as heavy as a 150-pound catchweight in December 2006.

Therefore, it would be interesting to see how difficult it would be for her to make bantamweight almost eight years later—the only women's weight class that currently exists in the UFC. 

Would signing Carano be a good move or little more than a publicity stunt by the UFC? 

John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Dana White Discusses Doing Business with Vince McMahon

  • 29 days ago
  • 46 views

UFC President Dana White and WWE chairman Vince McMahon haven't always seen eye to eye, but White made it clear recently that he has a great deal of respect for the professional wrestling power playe read news >>

Dana White Video: Weighing in on Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, and Georges St-Pierre

  • 29 days ago
  • 96 views

Watch as Dana White talks about what's next for Conor McGregor, when and how monumental Ronda Rousey's return will be, his thoughts on Georges St-Pierre, and more. read news >>

When Ronda Rousey Returns, It’s Going to Be Biggest UFC Pay-Per-View Ever

  • 29 days ago
  • 29 views

UFC president Dana White said that when Ronda Rousey returns, it will be the biggest pay-per-view event in company history. read news >>

Cain Velasquez Focused on Regaining UFC Title Following Kickboxer Movie Role

  • 26 days ago
  • 36 views

After starring alongside Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre, and Fabricio Werdum in Kickboxer: Vengeance, Cain Velasquez is focused on the UFC heavyweight title. read news >>

Georges St-Pierre Talks UFC Return, Dana White and Possible Comeback Opponents

  • 23 days ago
  • 109 views

Georges St-Pierre has reaffirmed his intention to make a full return to MMA and has hit back at suggestions from UFC President Dana White that he doesn’t have the desire to fight. The 35-year-old has read news >>

Dana White Says Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone Signed for UFC 205 in New York

  • 17 days ago
  • 47 views

Dana White says an exciting bout between Robbie Lawler and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone has been inked for UFC 205 in New York. read news >>

Dana White on Mickey Gall Calling Out Sage Northcutt: ‘We’ll Make It Happen’ | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 50 views

After Mickey Gall called out Sage Northcutt following his win over CM Punk at UFC 203 on Saturday, Dana White says Northcutt is open to the bout. read news >>

Dana White Says No More Conor McGregor Fights at Welterweight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 483 views

UFC president Dana White says a trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is unlikely and that McGregor needs to defend his 145-pound title. read news >>

Will Dana White Still Run the UFC in 5 Years? | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 28 views

UFC president Dana White is under a five-year deal to remain with the company's new ownership. But what happens when the five years is up? read news >>

Dana White Denies Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez for UFC 205 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 3 days ago
  • 143 views

Dana White on Tuesday squashed dreams of a Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez UFC 205 headliner... or did he? read news >>