Gina Carano has been appearing on red carpets more than MMA rings in recent years. / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
ANAHEIM, Calif. - By the time Ronda Rousey won her bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Gina Carano was already an undefeated MMA fighter with a 6-0 record and the bulk of the attention in the world of women's fighting.
However, after a loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos in 2009, Carano turned her attention to TV and Hollywood gigs. Rousey, meanwhile, moved to MMA, breezed through the competition, and on Saturday, defended her bantamweight title in the UFC's first-ever women's bout.
The plan, according to UFC President Dana White, is to add five or so more names to the 10 women already under contract in the burgeoning division.
But could Carano (7-1), who starred in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire and can soon be seen in the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, be one of them at some point?
"Gina's a movie star," White said. "She's out making movies. I actually like that she made it and is doing good things. I like to see that happen. If Gina came back and said she wanted to fight again, we'd take her back, but I'm not going to pursue her."
Carano, who was featured prominently on CBS and Showtime with the now-defunct EliteXC promotion, later moved to Strikeforce, where she was in the first nationally televised women's main event when she and Santos fought at an August 2009 event on Showtime.
It's been 3½ years since she last fought, and the loss to Santos (the first of Carano's career) ended in especially brutal fashion.
Additionally, the 30-year-old often struggled to make contracted weights at 140 pounds, so getting her down to 135 (the only available female division in the UFC) could be a struggle. Still, White knows she could do big business, especially in a fight with Rousey, who headlined Saturday's UFC 157 pay-per-view event and brought a surge in media interest.
"Gina's got her thing, and I'm happy for her," White said. "Good for her. She hasn't told me, but I've heard that she said she'd be interested in coming back (to MMA).
"I'm not going to push her. But if she wants to come back, I wouldn't say no, either. It'd probably be a big fight. I don't know if she'd want an immediate title shot."
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