"I'm going to meet with Gina next week and get that f---ing thing done," White said. "It's just a matter of me and Lorenzo [Fertitta] going to jump on a plane to Los Angeles, get in a room with her and her lawyer and get this thing done."
According to Bleacher Reports' Jeremy Botter, a source very close to the situation believes quickly signing Carano for a possible year-end title bout with women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey might not be so simple.
Gina Carano to the UFC is not as much of a lock as I thought it was yesterday. Movie conflicts. Studio has to sign off.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) July 14, 2014
Studio worried that losing to Ronda will hurt Gina's action hero allure. And yeah, it would.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) July 14, 2014
Not to say it won't get done. Just that more forces are at play than just Dana negotiating with her agent. Not as simple.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) July 14, 2014
White and the UFC seem eager to book Carano against Rousey, as both he and the newly-signed Holly Holm believe she isn't quite ready to step into a title shot. White told Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times Thursday he 'plans to give Holm at least one non-title fight before matching her against Rousey.' Holm, recovering from a broken arm suffered Apr. 4 in a successful five-round title claim for Legacy FC, echoed those same sentiments Jul. 12 on Inside MMA.
"I never have picked who I fight my entire career and I don't really want to start now," said Holm. "You don't want to be thrown to the wolves but you definitely want to take challenges. I kind of just let the people around me lead the way and just take the challenge as it comes."
Rousey most recently defended her title in a 16-second TKO of Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on Jul. 5, while Carano has been absent from fighting since being stopped in the first round by Cris Cyborg in 2009. Taking place in Strikeforce, the bout was heralded at the time as being the biggest fight in women's MMA history.
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Countdown to Fight Night Dublin: McGregor vs. Brandao.
A nice random (questions) interview with Dana White.
Georges St-Pierre still looking for motivation to return.
The Tim Kennedy videos get more and more strange.
In response to Aldo's 'p***y' and PED comments.
Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 13, 2014
can't wait to go to @ufc fight night in Dublin where I'm not considered pale— Forrest Griffin (@ForrestGriffin) July 13, 2014
Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) July 14, 2014
So let me get this straight. Wand ran from test in states. Is now testing himself. Says he's clean and wants to fight me in Brazil?— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) July 14, 2014
... and the internet was predictably awful.
Burkman vs. The World.
I have the best fans, I must confess, awesome wall painting!! Thank you so much for all of your love... http://t.co/jZjNyjm0Kf— TyroneSpong (@Tyrone_spong) July 13, 2014
Stole this video from @jiu_jitsu_saved_my_life - it's me fighting in a local grappling tournament in 2009-10 responding to an opponent's attempt to jump guard - the ref reaction could be the best part though lol
Announced yesterday (Jul. 11-13 2014)
Bobby Green vs. Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 12
Ross Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Saint Preux
Rodrigo Damm vs. Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Souza
Ronny Markes vs. Kelvin Tiller at WSOF 12
Yushin Okami vs. TBA at WSOF 12
Mike Rhodes vs. Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Ramsey Nijem at UFC 177
Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard at UFC 178
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Davis8185.
With so many UFC events, it is very tough to create a UFC star. This week the UFC has two events, one on Wednesday featuring Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller, and one on Saturday featuring Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao. Just from the aspect of most entertaining fight, Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller should be the top choice this week. However, the Conor McGregor card in Dublin in the more intriguing card because of the "star power" of McGregor.
Conor McGregor has generated a lot of buzz because of his demeanor and his trash talking ability. Conor has called out everyone from Dustin Poirier, Diego Sanchez, Cub Swanson, and even featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Obviously with two fights in the UFC, McGregor has not "deserved" all the hype he has been getting.
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