It seems that Ronda Rousey’s next title challenger is likely not in the UFC at the moment. With Cris Cyborg busy until September with Invicta and Lion Fights, the most likely challenger has become Gina Carano.
Carano was once the face of Women’s MMA back in StrikeForce and EliteXC from 2006-2009. Speculation began a few months back that Carano may return to MMA in order to fight in the UFC against Women’s Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.
The UFC confirmed that they are in talks with Carano, and at today’s media event in LA, Ronda Rousey spoke about the potential matchup with Gina (Courtesy of MMAFighting):
I think it would be the best thing for women’s MMA. I think it would be the highest profile fight that could be done. I don’t think it would make sense for her to come back and fight somebody else and take the risk of maybe losing and not being able to capitalize on the fight between me and her. I think it would make more sense to go straight to a title fight.
Dana White said that the UFC would do the fight, so it is basically just a matter of time. A few hurdling blocks are that Dana White said it would have to be a Bantamweight title bout, and not a catchweight bout. Carano competed at 145, and has never cut down to 135, so that could become a potential issue.
Of course, the biggest hurdle is actually signing Gina Carano to a contract, but chances are that Ronda Rousey will face Gina Carano next.