Carano, 31, appeared on the Apr. 3 episode of The Arsenio Hall Show to make the announcement.
Carano said she will be meeting with UFC President Dana White next week to discuss a possible fight opportunity.
I’m actually sitting down with him next week. I love it (fighting). It’s something that I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn’t’ know if I was ever going to get placed with the opportunity to make a comeback. So I’m either going to do it now, or I’m going to retire and say, okay, I’m never going to do it. So now is the moment I feel.
Carano, who last fought under the Zuffa banner in Aug. of 2009, says she misses fighting very much.
I 100-percent (miss fighting). There’s not a workout I go through that I’m not fighting somebody in my mind. It’s never gone away.
Carano has remained in great shape over the years, and she's still in her athletic prime at the tender age of 31. Most MMA fighters these days fight until their late-30s, so there's no reason to think she can't do it.
Carano was a beast of a fighter just five short years ago. She may have lost a step or two, but that's nothing a little hard training couldn't fix.
In all likelihood, the UFC would give her a few warm-up fights before feeding her to UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.
Carano needs to prove she can still hang with the big dogs, before testing her skills against Rousey. Carano has also had trouble getting down to 135 pounds in the past, so it's unlikely a fight against Rousey would be fought at bantamweight.
The UFC would likely have Carano vs Rousey at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Time will tell how the situation plays out, but fight fans shouldn't expect Carano to fight in the UFC until at least late-2014.