KEY POINTS

  • Gina Carano is considering a return to MMA action but only against Ronda Rousey
  • Carano has since focused on acting, while Rousey has been busy with the WWE
  • MMA promotions may consider arranging a much-awaited Carano vs. Rousey clash

Gina Carano has been out of mixed martial arts action since 2016 and has been busy in the acting scene.

Although she never formally retired following a TKO loss to Cris Cyborg, the 40-year-old former Strikeforce and Elite XC star said that there is one name who could draw her back into the octagon. She is no other than current WWE star Ronda Rousey.

“You know what? Just never put it past me,” Carano said when asked about Rousey on FOX News. “It could happen. It would be six months from now because I have a lot of stuff I need to do.”

Carano last fought in August 2009 in the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg for the inaugural Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight title. She lost to Cyborg via TKO in the first round.

Since that loss, the Texas native focused on her acting career. Among her notable appearances include landing high-profile roles in several films, such as “Haywire,” “Fast and Furious 6” and “Deadpool.”

She also appeared in recurring roles on the Disney+ Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.” That all stopped after she made controversial comments leading to her axing from the show.

As for Rousey, the 35-year-old fighter also said in her last UFC fight in 2016 that only Carano would bring her out of retirement. With the current comments of Carano, it will be interesting if the UFC or some other promotion will make it work.

In 2014, the UFC allegedly had plans to pursue Carano to join the promotion. And obviously, the opponent they had in mind was Rousey.

This never prospered, made even worse with “Rowdy” suffering back-to-back losses to Holly Holm and then Amanda Nunes. This paved the way for Rousey to jump into the world of wrestling entertainment.

However, that doesn’t mean that Rousey has completely turned her back on possibly fighting inside the octagon once more.

“I will fight Gina wherever she wants,” Rousey said when she appeared on the podcast of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. “Even if she doesn’t want to forever, leave that offer there.”

Cris Cyborg (L) battles Gina Carano
Cris Cyborg (L) battles Gina Carano Getty Images | Jon Kopaloff
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