Ronda Rousey: There Are Exceptions I Would Make For Gina Carano, She Deserves A Title Shot

Although the supposedly huge announcement surrounding UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s next fight hasn’t popped up yet, speculation awaits the polarizing “Rowdy” around each and every corner.

She’s been linked to a bout with returning Cat Zingano, but most of the focus has been on her potentially fighting three opponents who are not even currently in the UFC: former Strikeforce featherweight champions “Cyborg” Justino and Gina Carano, and 19-time women’s boxing champion Holly Holm.

The dominant champion was present at yesterday’s UFC 171 weigh-ins, and inevitably she was asked if she would be willing to give an immediate title shot to any of those three. MMA H.E.A.T. was on hand to get her response:

“Well, I still fell that Cat Zingano is next and I feel like she is the number one contender. I saw a statement from her management saying she’d be ready in June, so I don’t see why you didn’t add Cat to that list.”

Talk shifted to the prospect of facing Carano, who has been out of the sport since losing her belt to “Cyborg” via TKO back in 2009. Rousey said she would welcome a bout with “Conviction,” whom she considers a massive pioneer for the sport of women’s MMA:

“I would love that. I’ve always said that, you know. I never would have thought women’s MMA existed if I hadn’t seen her fight. I never knew there was such a thing until her. To fight her would be a real honor and I think it would be a real milestone for the sport.”

Rousey has famously stated she is not be willing to fight “Cyborg,” at 145 pounds, but apparently she’s willing to make concessions in order to face Carano, and would even grant her an immediate title shot after nearly five years off:

“I think, given for everything that she’s done for the sport and the pioneer that she is, I think she would deserve a title shot anytime. For Gina, there are exceptions that I would make for Gina that I wouldn’t for anyone else.”

There’s not much doubt that a Rousey vs. Carano match-up would be the biggest women’s MMA bout ever fought, but in reality, Rousey is a transcendent athlete at the top of her game. It’s very tough to imagine Carano giving the undefeated “Rowdy” a run for her money at this point.

But “Cyborg” certainly can, and she recently stated she would be cutting down to bantamweight to fight Rousey for the belt.

The UFC’s female division is suddenly rife with some potentially very exciting possibilities. Which bout do you want to see the most?


  1. Avatar of PukeVomit


    March 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    fuckin cyborg deserves a tit leshot!

  2. Avatar of Angeles0


    March 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    If this isnt proof she is dodging cyborg i dont know what is, first she says she wont move from her weight to fight cyborg "cyborg has to come down to her weight" but she will go up in weight to fight an overrated fighter who hasnt fought in about 5 years? guarantee dana will pull some sort of excuse out of his ass and agree with this.

  3. Avatar of Garson


    March 15, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I mean yea.. Gina was a real pioneer for womens mma but she has not been fighting since 2009? Cmon.. The UFC should make the fight with who ever is the #1 contender or bring in Cyborg since that is what the majority of the fans really wants to see.

    No disrespect to Gina Carano but she does not deserve it at this moment.

  4. Avatar of Brasil


    March 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Learns the game pretty quick that one…..All about risk/reward!! Cunt.

  5. Avatar of watermelon fresh

    watermelon fresh

    March 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Translation – - this is an easy win and big payday.

    • Avatar of Brian Cox

      Brian Cox

      March 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Really. If she put McMann down in a minute and change, she'd trash Carano in thirty seconds. It's a ridiculous fight.

      • Avatar of chael4president1


        March 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm

        She did not put McMann down in a minute and change. She dropped her for a moment with a knee to the liver. Then while McMann was very VERY obviously getting back to her feet. Herb Dean made another bad call and stopped the fight because Rousey was hitting her with these incredibly weak punches in the side of her head. McMann's face wasn't even wincing or anything from the punches. She was fine.

  6. Avatar of Entity


    March 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I think the UFC is protecting their little Putrid princess.

  7. Avatar of x murderer

    x murderer

    March 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    who cares about carano? everybody wants to see cyborg vs rousey (who in my opinion will never be the legitimate champ without having faught and beaten cyborg…which won't happen if they fight)

  8. Avatar of gm1


    March 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    UFC can only protect her so long… Make that money hoe

  9. Avatar of poweroftwomen


    March 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Those words sound like they are straight out of uncle Dana`s mouth.

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