According to a Feb. 1 report from CBS Local, former MMA fighter Gina Carano stopped by the Boomer and Carton in the Morning WFAN sports radio program recently to discuss what she has been up to of late.
During the interview, show host Craig Carton asked her straight up if she could beat UFC champ Ronda Rousey. Carano's response was quite surprising, as she hinted that she would have a problem beating a tough fighter like the star judoka.
"I haven't fought for three years, but I still like to train," Carano said of her MMA work.
Carton then responded by asking Carano is she could take down Rousey in a cage fight.
"Um, I don't know," Carano said when asked if she could beat Rousey with enough training. "I'm kind of undecided because that's like, I don't know. I can't say 'yes or no.' I would like to say 'yes,' because that's the fighter in me, but I'd have to train."
Carano, 30, has been trying to start a career in acting in recent years, but she never formally announced her retirement from MMA.
In fact, she explicitly stated in an interview in Jan. of 2012 that she still dreams of fighting in the UFC ranks. "There are certain things that I always dreamed of, like fighting in the UFC," Carano said. "That was a big one I don't know. There's just certain things that I feel like haven't been accomplished there. There's such great women coming up in the sport; seems like a wonderful time to be in women's MMA. So I'm not sure."
Carano essentially hinted that she was putting her MMA career on the shelf until the opportunity opened for females to enter the UFC. Now that the UFC signed Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, it seems the time is right for Carano to return to the MMA ranks.
As for Rousey, she's set to fight Liz Carmouche on Feb. 23 at UFC 157.