Gina Carano isn’t shying away from a potential superfight with UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey.
Carano, a pioneer and early star of women’s MMA before becoming an actress, reacted to Rousey’s comments that she would only come back from retirement to fight Carano.
Speaking with FOX News, Carano had this to say:
“You know what? Just never put it past me,” Carano said when asked if she’d consider fighting Rousey. “It could happen. It would be like, you know, six months from now, because I have a lot of stuff I need to do. But my fight really is with I really want to create, I want to direct, I want to produce, I want to give Ronda Rousey a job in one of my movies, so maybe there is something we can do there.”
The UFC actually tried to make this fight happen years ago. According to Carano, the UFC offered her $1 million to fight then-undefeated bantamweight champion Rousey. However, she felt pressured when White told media she was being signed before having a chance to build a fight camp and team.
Rousey, who is 12-2, hasn’t competed in MMA since her title-fight loss to Amanda Nunes in December 2016. Since then, she has joined the WWE and had a child.
Meanwhile, Carano hasn’t fought since an August 2009 loss to Cris Cyborg for the inaugural Strikeforce women’s featherweight title. The TKO loss remains Carano’s only professional defeat.
Carano is 40 while Rousey is 35.